Spending time sick in the hospital is hard enough for kids. But the fear of needles can make the visit a much scarier experience than it should be.
A Denver hospital is hoping to make things easier on kids by offering a pain free way to insert needles.
The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center uses a syringe called the J-tip, which is a small canister of pressurized carbon dioxide. It pushes Lidocaine into the skin, numbing the area in 30 to 60 seconds.
Sam Sauer, 11, had to be restrained as a 4-year-old when he had to get an IV. Needing an IV again, he agreed to try out the J-tip, despite his past experience.
Nervous at first, as KCNC reports, Sam was shocked after the IV was stuck into his arm. When asked to compare what he felt to a bee-sting, he said the J-tip was much better.
The hospital hopes other kids will feel like Sam, making it an easier, less frightening experience for child and parent alike.
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