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Buzzy Bee Helping Young Patients

November 6, 2017

A Buzzy Bee is helping Wheeling Hospital pediatric patients overcome the fear of needles. RN Kate Sparkman uses the new Buzzy Bee pain management system on 6-year-old patient Elise Spurlock. The palm-sized device incorporates a combination of cold and vibration applied directly above an injection site to “trick” the brain into thinking a needle stick isn’t painful. It also has proven effective in decreasing anxiety in young patients. Buzzy can be used for blood draws, IV sticks and injections. Sparkman was coordinator of the Buzzy project. She researched the system, introduced it to the nursing staff and conducted the training.

A Buzzy Bee is helping Wheeling Hospital pediatric patients overcome the fear of needles. RN Kate Sparkman uses the new Buzzy Bee pain management system on 6-year-old patient Elise Spurlock. The palm-sized device incorporates a combination of cold and vibration applied directly above an injection site to “trick” the brain into thinking a needle stick isn’t painful. It also has proven effective in decreasing anxiety in young patients. Buzzy can be used for blood draws, IV sticks and injections. Sparkman was coordinator of the Buzzy project. She researched the system, introduced it to the nursing staff and conducted the training.