NeedleCalm is a medical device designed as a diversional adjunct therapy for discomfort associated with needle related procedures.
The extreme fear of needles 1 has been overlooked as a medical problem despite affecting ~15% of the world’s population and being recognised as a phobia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Extreme fear of needles triggers anxiety (e.g. shortness of breath, fainting, tremors, nausea, panic attacks, and loss of consciousness) and can prevent people from seeking treatment for disease, or vaccination.
As a result, 20%of patients that fear needles avoid medical treatment. 3
NeedleCalm is a single use adhesive pad with biocompatible medical grade silicone designed to promote comfort and minimise the perception of pain associated with needle related procedures.
The device can help increase compliance, safety and efficiency of needle related procedures in the healthcare environment.
Textured bio compatible patch, with adhesive tape to attach to patient.
The packaged product is kept in a fridge to provide a cooling sensation at the applied site.
Device will be conveniently supplied clean in individual packs.
Made of clear TPE to allow monitoringfor adverse events such as allergic reactions, bruising or haematoma.
How it Works.
GATE CONTROL THEORY OF PAIN
The NeedleCalm device uses the Gate Control Theory of Pain as a foundation for its technology. The device modulates the perception of pain through the activation of afferent nerve fibres.
It achieves this through an intrinsic bodily process, where small nerve fibers (pain fibers) and large nerve fibers (normal fibers for touch, pressure, and other skin senses) both carry information to the brain. Activating one over the other allows the HCP and Patient to control the perception of pain.
DIVERSION WITH COOLING & PRESSURE
The combination of the pad pressure and cooling sensation of the NeedleCalm device allows the user to provide a ‘diversion’ to the nervous system prior to the needle procedure through a natural process.
This leads to minimizing the perception of pain-at-point of intra-muscular, subcutaneous or intravenous needle procedures.
Greater control for both patient and healthcare practitioner.
Increased compliance improved patient adherence.
Increased safety and efficiency of needle related procedures.
Positive experience for both patient and healthcare practitioner.