Buzzy Takes the Sting Out

Beaumont Children’s Hospital has a new tool to help children with the pain and fear of needles.  Buzzy is a small bee that uses cold and vibration to distract a child from injections, immunizations and IVs. Children and staff are finding that Buzzy, a small bee that holds a disposable ice pack, is essential for decreasing anxiety and pain. A parent, nurse or Child Life Specialist holds Buzzy on the injection site briefly, then, just as the injection is ready, moves it away from the site while maintaining contact with the child’s skin.

BuzzyA recent study in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, found that the use of Buzzy “decreased perceived pain and reduced children’s anxiety during blood specimen collection.”

This engaging little bee is accompanied by distraction cards that engross children in puzzles throughout their experience. Often children want and need to be distracted during medical procedures and Buzzy is a wonderful option. Buzzy is available in Pediatrics, PICU and the Pediatric Emergency Center.

Using Buzzy with children is one more way that Beaumont Children’s Hospital demonstrates its excellence in caring for children.

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