Buzzy 4 Shots
As a pediatrician, I am very sensitive that we subject our patients to painful procedures on a routine and frequent basis. We freeze warts, inject vaccines, suture lacerations, and on and on. It’s a wonder that our patients come back or don’t burst into tears at the sight of our waiting area. Needle free vaccinations are long overdue, but that is the subject of another blog for the future.
I am grateful that Amy Baxter MD, a brilliant Pediatric Emergency Room physician invented the Buzzy 4 Shots device. As the video shows the device is a patient friendly vibrator that is attached to a cold gel pack. This is attached to the patient between the “brain and the pain” – on the upper arm in case of most vaccinations. The vibration and cold overwhelms the spinal pain pathways, to lessen and often eliminate the pain associated with injection. I’ve tried it and it really works. For unknown reasons, the system is less effective in children under 5 years of age compared to older children.
There is even a Mini Buzzy for those who would prefer a smaller device.
By the way, a recent study published in the January 24th issue of the Pediatric Emergency Care journal showed that the Buzzy produced pain reduction for IV starts comparable to a topical lidocaine cream. However, the IV starts could be accomplished in 3 minutes, compared to 40 minutes in the topical lidocaine group!