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Pain-free needle in development

Posted on Sunday, 25 March, 2012 | Comment icon 20 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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Comment icon #11 Posted by JGirl on 25 March, 2012, 19:41
This is a BIG SCAM! They don't want that needle because it's painless. Here's THE REAL REASON. Many people around the world Are Rejecting The Poisonous VACCINES so they want to create a Needle that WILL INJECT YOU WITH A SUBSTANCE That You DO NOT WANT! What better way of getting people to take a product that they reject? They will say "You won't feel a thing. It's Painless" or you will get Injected ANYWHERE and you won't know until IT IS TOO LATE! They always pull this crap by saying it's for the good of mankind. I Call **EDIT** may i ask what causes you to believe this? sorry, but your commen... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by bouncer on 25 March, 2012, 19:50
may i ask what causes you to believe this? sorry, but your comments are more than a bit paranoid. why would they need to force something into a person that way when they could introduce it into the air or your food etc 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
I generally do not feel any pain associated with any injection, except for a sore arm muscle after the fact. 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
It's not even the pain for me, it's just that feeling of a needle slithering through your skin. Creeps me out. 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
Not to mention the fact,anesthetic injectables,do not work instantly. 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 ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by aquatus1 on 26 March, 2012, 23:29
However, thinking back on it, I think the temporary burn of the anaesthetic itself was as bad if not worse than the needle putting it in. So on that side, yeah it would be kind of pointless. 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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