Many people today are afraid of needles, making it difficult for them to undergo certain medical procedures. A simple shot can quickly become a huge deal when there is an injection needle present. This is especially true for many children today. However, a new advancement in technology is offering something new to help those with needle anxiety – a needleless injection. Of course, you may be wondering if this advance is a revolution or revulsion.
Here is a closer look at the needle free injection system, how it works and the benefits it has to offer.
Needleless injection systems work by delivering injections with the power of CO2, which means that a needle is no longer needed. A special CO2 cartridge is used to provide the power needed to instigate the delivery of the medication. In no way does the CO2 ever interact with the medication that is being given. The medication is actually delivered from a syringe that is sterile and it only offers a single dose. It is used once and then the syringe is thrown away.
While it doesn’t offer a totally painless way to have medication injected, many people prefer it because it takes away the anxiety that often comes with seeing an actual injection needle. Of course, most people who undergo one of these injections do report that this delivery system is less painful than a needle injection, even though it may not be completely pain free.
For patients that are extremely afraid of needles, the needleless injection may provide an alternative option to traditional injections. It has been shown to be especially effective for children, since they are often fearful of needles. The needleless system offers other benefits as well. Since there is no needle to worry about, there is less risk of accidental puncture to the medical professional. Accidentally getting stuck with a used needle can be serious for those working in the medical field and a needleless system takes away this problem altogether.
This new technology definitely has a lot to offer, but there are a few drawbacks to consider. One potential problem is the cost of injections. Some believe that having a needleless injection is more expensive, which could increase the cost of important injections. As the technology continues to develop, patients will need to decide if this is the right option for their needs and if an increase in cost is worth no longer dealing with the feared injection needle.
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