But please, don’t take my word for it! Research has shown that Buzzy reduces patient-reported pain and anxiety from children ages 4 and older. It has also been determined that experimental groups who used the Buzzy had a higher IV start success rate (Baxter, Cohen & VonBaeyer 2011). Also, a study focused on blood draws reported no negative impact when utilizing Buzzy during a blood draw, while still finding the same positive effects in anxiety and pain levels (Inal & Kelleci 2012).
Buzzy is a non-pharmacological pain control device that operates on the principals of the Gate Pain Control theory. Using vibration (his “buzz”) and cold (via his frozen wings), Buzzy engages the nerve fibers in a way that can help “interrupt” a pain signal en route to the brain.
This is what makes the opportunity to use Buzzy so incredible. It can help prevent or limit a pain experience that commonly comes between families and a positive coping experience with a health care encounter. And the best part is it doesn’t require a medical license, training or even background to utilize it. Place Buzzy “between the pain and the brain,” and turn him on! Buzzy can be held by a nurse, phlebotomist, Child Life Specialist, Mom, Dad or even the patient himself.
Buzzy needs to go “between the brain and the pain” to be effective. In other words, Buzzy should be placed along the path of the nerve to best interrupt the pain signals journey from your skin to the brain. The nerves
|Max HP||7||Location(s)||Hither Thither Hill, Drybake Desert, Drybake Stadium|
|Attack||5||Moves||Shell Toss (5, Dizzy)|
|Defense||1 (vulnerable to thing stickers)||Stickers|