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Topic: Oral administration of morphine versus ibuprofe...
Posted by TREKK member on October 28, 2014

CMAJ October 27th, 2014 - Recent warnings from Health Canada regarding codeine for children have led to increased use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and morphine for common injuries such as fractures. The objective of this study was to determine whether morphine given orally has superior efficacy to ibuprofen in fracture-related pain.


Up to 85% of children in Canada who need emergency care are managed in a general emergency department (ED). As many as 40% of these children do not get treatments for which clear evidence exists and up to 20% get a treatment which is of no benefit or may be harmful.