Injections are given in many medical settings. They are used to administer vaccines and donate blood or as anesthesia and precise pain relief. Sadly, 24% of adults and 63% of children are afraid of needles.
This can lead to severe anxiety and stress for patients. It can even stop people from getting the injections they need. For example, patients may refuse an annual flu shot or routine blood tests just to avoid a triggering situation. In rare cases, 3-5% of women and 1-2% of men are naturally inclined to being light-headed or even fainting at the sight of blood and needles.
Patient health and safety are the most important concerns for clinics. Approaching needle phobia correctly can make all the difference. Education is most effective when started at a young age. For most people, phobias develop around age 4 or 5. Strong doctor-patient relationships combat any fears children could have when a needle is involved in a procedure. Providers must be mindful to remove as many anxiety triggers as possible before performing an injection.
Creating a comfortable environment for patients can also mean innovations in needle equipment. With ReadySharpTM, injections are made simple. Each ReadySharpTM tray provides exactly what is needed for a single-use treatment in one package:
- injectable medicines,
- needles and syringes,
- three povidone-iodine swabsticks,
- one pair of gloves,
- one gauze sponge,
- and one adhesive bandage
All of this allows for less preparation in front of the patient and a quicker treatment process, reducing the chances of needle trauma. With the proper education, a trusted relationship, and ReadySharpTM, clinics can help put their patients minds at ease.
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