Patients afraid of needles...

  1. 21 Every often we get a patient that has a fear of needles. What do you do? What's your secret in calming these patients?

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    About Brian, ADN

    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,300; Likes: 16,279.

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  3. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    It usually happens with my tall big muscle pts. they ask for a butterfly or 1,inch 25 gauge
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  4. Visit  NurseOnAMotorcycle profile page
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    My new favorite cartoon!!
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  5. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    isn't that the truth!!!
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  6. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    ISn't this the truth!!!!
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  7. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    "I hate needles!"
    -Then how did you get sleeves?
    "Those are different"
    -How?
    "I dont know they just are" *starts sobbing
    And distracted time for that norflex!
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  8. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    I work in pediatrics and most of my patients don't react to needles nearly as dramatically as I've seen adults. The youngest child I've ever had cooperate fully with a needle procedure (accessing a port-a-cath) was 2 years old.
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  9. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    I just usually use a little guided imagery, a little breathing coaching, all with the goal of producing someone who is quite relaxed. I've been usually pretty successful.
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  10. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Quote from akulahawk
    I just usually use a little guided imagery, a little breathing coaching, all with the goal of producing someone who is quite relaxed. I've been usually pretty successful.
    Until the med goes in and hurts like all get up ha ha.

    Seriously the needle is the least thing to worry about.
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  11. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    Quote from That Guy
    Until the med goes in and hurts like all get up ha ha.

    Seriously the needle is the least thing to worry about.
    Most of the time, the patients I've had to stick were more worried about the actual stick than the pain/irritation/soreness from the medication.

    Incidentally, I prefer some really sharp needles and I also sometimes tap, tap, tap, tap, stick... right next to where I tapped. I do that tapping fairly fast and deep to overwhelm the deep pressure receptors to close the pain gate. If I had a TENS unit handy, I'd use that instead of tapping.
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  12. Visit  mortalol profile page
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    Quote from akulahawk
    Most of the time, the patients I've had to stick were more worried about the actual stick than the pain/irritation/soreness from the medication.

    Incidentally, I prefer some really sharp needles and I also sometimes tap, tap, tap, tap, stick... right next to where I tapped. I do that tapping fairly fast and deep to overwhelm the deep pressure receptors to close the pain gate. If I had a TENS unit handy, I'd use that instead of tapping.
    that's interesting...
  13. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    Quote from mortalol
    that's interesting...
    Indeed it is. Look up "Gate Control Theory" and you'll find why I sometimes do that those things.
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  14. Visit  DaniannaRN profile page
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    As someone with a lot of tattoos, I am afraid of needles in a medical setting. Not getting shots, but IVs. I am terrified of IVs. For each pregnancy, I had to get IV because of induction. Each IV was successful only after multiple sticks.

    I chose to get my tats. I was calm and was not in a hospital for an emergency or procedure. Believe me, it's totally different when someone is in the hospital....
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