This economical, seemingly simple device has already proven itself, winning Australia’s Good Design Award for Design Excellence in 2021, and was approved as a Class I medical device and received the Consumer Health Products award for innovation in late 2021.
Needle phobia is nothing new to care providers. Studies have shown that most children and 1 in 5 adults experience severe anxiety associated with injections and blood draws, which Lauren has witnessed first-hand.
Fear of needles also has the potential to create a snowball effect. Fearful patients avoid blood tests, vaccinations and chronic condition management due to anxiety related to needles.
Recent advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for the use of sedation when carrying out vaccinations states that generally, sedatives should not be used as a “first line option”. Even in cases with anxiety or behavioural issues, the advice says these procedures can still be safely performed in the community using non-pharmacological techniques.