International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
Call for Papers | Fully Refereed | Open Access | Double Blind Peer Reviewed

ISSN: 2319-7064


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Research Paper | Health Sciences | United States of America | Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023


Use of the Buzzy as a Non - Pharmacological Pain Management Tool among Young Adults with Mild Trypanophobia

Holly Kihm [2] | Heidi Kulkin [2]


Abstract: The purpose of this project is to address the need for non - pharmacological pain management resources for young adults, especially during vaccine administration. To help alleviate anxiety and injection pain, our research team employed the use of the ?Buzzy? at our university?s vaccine clinics. Simply described, Buzzy is a handheld device about the size of a computer mouse that buzzes (vibrates) on the skin. The buzzing confuses nerves in the area so patients receiving injections, like a vaccine, do not feel sharp pain. During vaccine clinic days, students were asked if they would like to hear more about how using Buzzy could help take the ?sting? out of their vaccine. Data showed very positive experiences using the Buzzy, including decreased pain and decrease in anxiety. During this time when being fully vaccinated against COVID - 19 is critical for public health, having a non - pharmacological pain management tool available may help to increase vaccination rates, especially with booster doses.


Keywords: Buzzy, trypanophobia, youth, vaccine, pain relief


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023,


Pages: 2710 - 2715


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