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Pain-free needle in development


Posted on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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British inventor Oliver Blackwell may have come up with a needle that can give painless injections.

The 29-year-old industrial design graduate has based his invention on a simple premise - two injections in one. The needle works by first injecting a tiny amount of anaesthetic in to the skin with a small needle so that when the conventional needle pierces the skin it will barely be felt.

"At the moment, if they want to use a local anaesthetic they have to use two needles, find keys and go to the medicine cupboard separately and it all takes time and effort," he said.

"Nobody loves the thought of a needle piercing their skin, least of all doctors and dentists who have to deal with stressed and anxious patients."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by bouncer on 25 March, 2012, 19:50
Ha yeh I thought that, just didn't want to encourage a conversation tho!
Comment icon #13 Posted by aquatus1 on 25 March, 2012, 23:57
It's not even the pain for me, it's just that feeling of a needle slithering through your skin. Creeps me out.
Comment icon #14 Posted by lilmcnessy on 26 March, 2012, 3:46
needle's do not hurt though
Comment icon #15 Posted by Michelle on 26 March, 2012, 3:55
For me, it's getting an inexperienced nurse that has to dig for a vein. That only happened one time, and I tell them now, they better give me someone that knows what they are doing.
Comment icon #16 Posted by King Fluffs on 26 March, 2012, 18:07
Do want.
Comment icon #17 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 26 March, 2012, 20:58
I'm not sure I agree with that. Maybe not "instantly" yes, but the needle in the article looks like it has a needle attached to the end of it and then the larger gauge needle that then slides down behind it. I had a Biopsy done last week, with a surface anaesthetic followed by a deeper one along the path he would be using for the biopsy needle. He injected the two anaesthetics with a very short span between them, and the surface anaesthetic was already in full effect when he went in for the second one. I didn't feel a thing on the second one at all. However, thinking back o... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 March, 2012, 23:29
For me, it is similar to the jet injector; if anything the punch-in-the-arm feeling hurt more than the needle, but I prefer it to the sliding, finer, weird feeling of a needle.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mysterydude551 on 29 March, 2012, 8:20
I don't think it's worth funding a lot of money for further research. People should just deal with the needle. All it feels like, is a little prick, like someone pinching you VERY softly. And the after feeling of it, is kinda like being punched in the arm. But then again, for toddlers and little children they could make it. There's advantages for both points I've made.
Comment icon #20 Posted by JayMark on 29 March, 2012, 20:38
Why not simply tell people to chill the hell down when going for a shot? It's only a psychological issue. Or go ahead with another shot. "Sir, in order to ease your pain for upcoming vaccination, we will need to inject this anesthetic directly into your skull. Don't worry, we only need to reach your pineal gland."


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