By Scrubadoo’s Jen Hankin
Can you name the worst part about young patients coming for a doctor’s visit? If you guessed administering a shot or taking blood you hit the nail on the head! A new study put out this month from Istanbul University found a new device dramatically helped children receive the prick.
The device, Buzzy®, is a hand-held massager with an elastic band to hold an ice pack. In the study, the Buzzy was placed near the tourniquet during phlebotomy for 60 out of 120 children, ages 6 – 12, who had all experienced blood draws before. According to the study released September 1st in the Journal Maternal and Child Nursing, pain and anxiety were reduced by almost two-thirds!
Buzzy® uses natural pain relief by confusing your body’s own nerves and distracting attention away from the poke, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp pain. In the same way that rubbing a bumped elbow helps stop the hurt, or cool, running water soothes a burn, Buzzy® bypasses sharp pain.
In a cute little bee shape, the Buzzy is perfect for diabetic children, or just helping kids get used to needle pain. Even works well for bee stings, or boo-boos. Want to find out more information about the Buzzy, simply visit their website here: http://www.buzzy4shots.com/
Buzzy4shots also offers a variety of other tools to distract kids and decrease pain. Visit their website and enter SCRUBADOO as a discount code to save 20% on orders of 10 or more sets of DistrACTION Cards from now until October 31!