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Childhood Needle Phobia
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.
IV Insertion Pain
IV placement is one of the most common invasive nursing procedures ² being done daily around the world. When dissecting IV insertion pain and what can cause it, will help us to better understand our solutions on how to make IV’s less painful. During the process of getting an IV, an IV (intravenous catheter) is inserted into the patient’s vein so that medications can be inserted directly into the blood stream or blood can be withdrawn from the vein through a single tube.¹ This makes it easier for the clinical staff member to give the patient the medication or nutrients their body needs without having to stick the patient with a needle for each blood test they need to run, or for each medication, or infusion that is needed. The clinical staff try to limit a patient’s pain by not sticking them with a needle repeatedly, and to make it more efficient for the clinical staff to give the patient what they need or retrieve what they need. During this process however, is where IV insertion pain is encountered.
How to Reduce IV Pain: Virtually Painless IV Start
So, how to reduce IV Pain and help your patient enjoy a virtually painless IV start? You are not alone in wondering if this is even possible, there are numerous people in the world who feel the same way you do and are searching for a solution. A patient can experience a virtually painless IV start, by having the clinical staff member prepare patients more efficiently for the IV procedure and use age appropriate distraction methods to alleviate mental and physical discomfort.
The needle-free device called the J-Tip can be used before an IV procedure to help reduce pain during an IV by delivering an anesthetic effect with-in one to two minutes and can last up to fifteen to twenty minutes. The clinical staff member would use 1% buffered lidocaine or 1% MPF preservative free lidocaine in the J-Tip to numb the skin and reduce prior to the IV going into the skin. The J-Tip creates a virtually pain free experience for the patient and can reduce pain during an IV. By using this method during treatment, you can enhance patient care and help them to diminish the psychological and physical trauma they endure during a hospital visit, so they can continue to get the care they need.
Trouble Starting an IV
When a clinical staff member is experiencing trouble starting an IV this may be caused by many factors such as: dehydration, fragile veins due to medication the patient is taking, flat or rolling veins, or if a topical numbing cream is used it can cloud or discolor the skin making it difficult to locate the vein. All of this can cause anxiety or create a painful IV insertion experience for the patient. Which can decrease patient satisfaction scores due to their pain during an IV.
How to Make Getting an IV Less Painful
Have you ever wondered how to make getting an IV less painful? Think about how many people you know that absolutely fear going to the doctor or practically faint at the idea of needing to go to the hospital. There are most likely thousands of people out there in the world, who just like you, don’t want to seek the treatment they need because of the dreaded needles!!! There are many ways to help with decreasing pain with IV starts.
If you’ve ever experienced getting an IV and had a painful IV insertion you know how badly they can hurt and how traumatizing and emotional the experience can be. For most it can even be an experience that can last a lifetime. So, how can we make getting an IV less painful, and experience a painless IV insertion? There are many clinical studies that have been conducted on pain management and patient satisfaction that show that IV insertion is one of the leading causes of pain during the patient’s hospital visit.¹