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Device Makes Needle's Stick Easier to Take

Posted August 17, 2007

Many people dread going to the doctor, especially when a needle is involved. But a new device released this week can help ease anxious patients' fears.

"Approximately 40 percent of patients have a high discomfort with a needle draw," said Dr. Shilpa Saxena, one of a growing number of physicians now offering LidoSite. "Everyone is afraid of needles to some degree."

The device sends a mild electrical current to two patches, one of them over a vein, which contain numbing medicine.

The patient then feels a warming sensation, and after about 10 minutes, the site of where the needle will stick is numb.

According to its manufacturer, LidoSite works for patients ages 5 and older, but it cannot be used for people with pacemakers or an open wound.

Saxena said he hopes the device will ease the fears of patients who sometimes make excuses about why they cannot make trips to the doctor.

"Blood draws are a wonderful way for us to determine how a patient is doing," he said. "So any way to help patients get more information about their health is a good thing."

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  • alx Aug 19, 2007

    my wife had a crosseyed nurse to draw her blood, how would this device help in that case?????

  • luvtheoutdoors Aug 18, 2007

    Ok - if they really want to come up with something - find a way to do with a finger stick what they currently need what seems like a quart of blood for. It isn't the pain b/c it doesn't hurt - it is just the "thought" of a needle and the phobia that goes with it. :P

  • blackdog Aug 18, 2007

    In Rocky Mount, there was a Dr. Payne, and his nurse was Ms. Hurt....That caused me anxiety...

  • peacebee Aug 18, 2007

    I probably still will faint when I get a shot!

  • WTFmph Aug 18, 2007

    Pacemakers being contraindicated is obvious with the electrical current, but I didn't get why broken skin should preclude use, so I did some research.

    Reasoning behind it was surprisingly hard to unearth, but seems to be linked to a couple of deaths where Lidocaine is implicated during cosmetic procedures.

    Remember the doc whose license was recently pulled over a death where the lady was having hair removal done?

    Now I feel even sorrier for the poor doc whose life was ruined over that incident, because it seems to be one of only two such cases. Of course I feel sorry for the poor woman and her family too, just not sure there was really sufficient precedent to trash the doctor over.

  • Kriterian Aug 17, 2007

    Of all the procedures I think getting a shot is the easiest. It's just a tiny pinch usually, except those muscle ones like the tetanus shot.

    Maybe next they can come up with something that shocks Dr. Longfingers and his prostrate exam.

  • All child molesters should die Aug 17, 2007

    I hate needles, and haven't had one stuck in me for probably eleven years, now! Yuck! Ewwwwww! Ouch!

    Glad, though, this sort of thing is coming out!