Vapocoolants and Needle Procedures – Just the Facts

Includes a Live Web Event on 10/16/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)


Pain management is a priority for health care workers. In recent years, the potential of unwanted side effects from systemic pain medications has been highlighted. Health care practitioners are exploring and using topical anesthetics as an alternative for pain relief in minor procedures. Vapocoolants are topical anesthetics that contain no medication and provide transient anesthesia through evaporation-induced skin cooling, which reduces pain. This comprehensive overview will explore the broad vapocoolant category, describe clinical study results when using skin refrigerants for needle procedures, and review the 2024 INS Standards of Practice regarding vapocoolants. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 
• Define vapocoolants and their mechanism of action
• Describe clinical studies concerning vapocoolant use in needle procedures
• Discuss the 2024 INS Standards of Practice concerning Vapocoolants

Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI™, VA-BC

Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI™, VA-BC, has been the owner of PICC Excellence, Inc., an education service provider for infusion therapy and vascular access device insertion and care for more than 30 years. Dr. Moureau's clinical experience spans pediatric, neonatal, ICU PICC/IV Team, and home infusion patient care. As the CEO of PICC Excellence, her current responsibilities include education development, research, speaking worldwide, legal case review, manufacturer consulting, and clinical practice with insertion and supervision of peripheral and central vascular access. PICC Excellence has developed more than 80 online educational courses and pathways to promote insertion competency and the application of evidence-based practices. PICC Certification™ CPUI™, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter, and now Neonatal PICC CNPI credentialing programs were established to validate education, knowledge, and competency for PICC inserters. As Co-Chair of the 2015 WOCOVA CVC Taskforce, Nancy facilitated the completion and publication of an evidence-based publication on minimal CVC training requirements. Nancy is an author of over 100 publications, a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award for publications, and the Herbst Award for lifetime contributions to the specialty of vascular access. Nancy most recently released a systematic approach for the UGPIV Mastery Learning process, an ultrasound-guided peripheral insertion training toolbox, that has received the very first Seal of Approval from INS. Nancy welcomes your questions through her email, or through the PICC Excellence website,

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: October 16, 2027

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.


Vapocoolants and Needle Procedures – Just the Facts
Live event: 10/16/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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