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by rck213 rck213 (Member) Member

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Question relates to Pediatric Office setting but there is more traffic on this forum.

We use a device called a "shot-blocker" when administering immunizations to toddlers and up.

Our supplier no longer has them. I have done searches online and cannot find another source.

It is a small plastic device with multiple small points on the underside and a hole in the middle. It does seem to help with the pain of the immunization administration.

Any help appreciated,

Thanks

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Elvish is a BSN, DNP, RN, NP and specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

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I know what you are talking about, as the clinic I used to work in trialed them for a while & decided against them.

Are they reusable? If they are, I'd be stockpiling them like crazy.

Who was your supplier before, if you can name them?

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Thanks for all the replys but the "device" doesn't contain any topical analgesic. It works by "pressure" which decreases pain perception. Supposedly, according to a recent study on Medscape, manual pressure with a finger can do the same thing. They mention "mechanical pressure devices" but give no names.

The Shotblockers we use are from Bionix Medical Technologies, but every time we call them for more they say there is a two year backorder, something about the FDA reclassifying the device. It is a piece of plastic , not a medication so what the problem is with it isn't clear.

They keep uping the number of shots we are required to give but won't help us obtain something that helps to administer those injections. Our Pediatrician does not want to use the topical agents in the office

We do use them on the pediatric unit in the affiliated hospital, EMLA is the favorite at this time.:typing

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iluvivt has 32 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Infusion Nursing, Home Health Infusion.

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Have you talked with the pediatrician about LMX4 cream...works much faster than Elma....Emla takes forever......the LMX....my 13 yr old daughter has a horrible needle phobia....so I have to use that cream on her and even then its a major project

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Thanks...yes, we are familiar with LMX-4, but are trying to stock non-pharma type of pain relief items. I recently emailed Bionix to ask when they thought they might be resuming manufacture of Shot Blocker again, but to date, no reply from them....

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Have you considered a Buzzy? It looks like a bee and uses mild vibration instead of steady pressure.It is at buzzy4shots.com

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We call them J tips, and they have lidocaine in them, and are shot into the skin by compressed air. The sound scares some kids but the device works somewhat. We also use eEMLA lidocaine cream but that takes one hour to work.

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