Painless shots

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Painless shots

Postby Pam » Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:50 pm

Hi all!
This was just on our local news...I thought it might be of some interest to many of you-especially those who have to have a lot of "pokes" and "jabs" :cry: every time you visit the doctor!

Reported August 23, 2004
Painless Shots?

CLEVELAND (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) -- If you hate getting shots, you're not alone. Most of us cringe at the thought of getting a shot. All that sticking and poking -- even thinking about it -- is likely to make you squirm in your seat.

University Hospitals of Cleveland dermatologist Elma Baron, M.D., may have the solution to patients' fears. It starts with a low-powered laser. It's non-invasive, and she says it's painless. Then comes the topical anesthetic, lidocaine.

"This laser, if you use it first, it ablates or it removes the very top portion of your skin such that when you apply the anesthetic cream, it is absorbed much faster, and you achieve that numbing effect in five minutes, instead of 30 minutes," Dr. Baron tells Ivanhoe.

Alison Bibb admits she can get a little edgy before the needle goes in. "[I usually feel] a little nervous. A little anxious," she says. "Today, I didn't feel anything."

Studies show the low-powered laser treatment prior to the use of lidocaine can result in a 61-percent reduction in needle pain. Bibb says she felt a little pinch, but that was all.

"That really shows this thing works," Bibb says. And it could make going to the doctor a little easier for everyone.

Researchers are now looking into other applications for the combination pretreatment. They include vaccines for children and the area of skin allergen testing.

If you would like more information, please contact:

The Skin Study Center
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
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Gr8 news less painful delivery medications immunisations etc

Postby Elaine » Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:09 am

Wonderful news :lol: Have heard and read a little about this 'new' invention just wot Dr ordered eh?? :lol: :roll: :wink:
anything that reduces amount of pain is very welcome wonder how long til gets to UK?????????? :roll: :shock: :o

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Postby Rachel in NY » Thu Aug 26, 2004 3:37 am

Thanks for that article Pam!

While on the topic of painless shots.. there's something else that is currently being used/tried/experimented with. People that are insulin dependent diabetics take alot of shots daily. So they came out with a new needle-less injection. Basically, a super high speed jet of insulin shoots through the skin. It simply blows in very quickly, and gets under the skin!

I don't have too many details on it.. its not being used all over.. but here's a link to some info if anyone is interested-

Its now being used for diabetics.. will soon become the norm (hopefully), and eventually if it works - it can be usd for all kinds of shots. Wow! Technology!
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Needle free injections

Postby LadySycamore » Wed Sep 01, 2004 2:29 pm


Needle-free injection - What is it?

"Bioject's needle-free injection technology works by forcing liquid medication at high speed through a tiny orifice that is held against the skin. The diameter of the orifice is smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This creates an ultra-fine stream of high-pressure fluid that penetrates the skin without using a needle.

Bioject's technology is unique because it delivers injections to a number of injection depths and supports a wide range of injection volumes. For instance, the Biojector 2000 can deliver intramuscular or subcutaneous injections up to 1 mL in volume. In addition, Bioject is developing a syringe for the Biojector 2000 that delivers intradermal injections that is currently in clinical trials."

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