Childhood needle phobia or Trypanophobia ¹ usually stems from medical procedures such as IV starts. Have you ever been in a medical facility and watched as a child’s extremities are being pinned down by several busy clinical staff during a routine needle procedure? The child’s face is flushed beet red, kicking, screaming, and calling out for someone to stop. This experience may be extremely traumatizing and can create a vivid memory, resulting in lifelong needle phobia. Symptoms of needle phobia include: dizziness, fainting, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, racing heart and feeling physically or emotionally violent.¹
Numbing for IV Insertion
In recent years, the medical community has taken sincere interest in the importance of managing their patients’ pain associated with IV insertion. Many facilities such as Nicklaus Children’s Hospital ² formerly known as Miami Children’s Hospital, are adopting pain management initiatives to improve patient experience at the adolescent level by numbing for IV insertion. The J-Tip is a device that uses needle free jet injection technology to administer medication into the subcutaneous tissue numbing for IV insertion and other needle procedures. Once the J-Tip is activated, it only takes 1-2 minutes for anesthetic effect to occur and should last up to 15-20 minutes. Hospitals across the country have seen great success using the J-Tip facility-wide as it cuts that wait time tremendously!
Needle-Free jet injection technology works in the J-Tip by using compressed CO2 gas to propel buffered or MPF lidocaine into the subcutaneous tissue without the use of a needle. The J-Tip is a onetime use, sterile jet injector primarily used prior to routine needle procedures such as IV insertion and blood draws. This J-Tip can be used in multiple departments throughout the hospital and on all ages. Childhood needle phobia is not a topic to disregard and there are many ways to aid patients requiring needle procedures.