Are you scared of getting a needle? Can you recall as a child becoming anxious when you needed to receive an injection. For many Nurses it remains a common concern of many of their patients, regardless of age. Did you know that some people become so distressed at the mere thought of needles that they are diagnosed with Trypanophobia!
It’s thought that between “3.5 to 10% of the world’s population suffer from this phobia which consists of an irrational or excessive fear of needles!”
You can find an interesting article in the enclosed article titled Needle Phobia A Psychological Perspective published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia.
In part it identifies the following:
“Up to 80% of people with needle phobia report a first-degree relative with a strong phobic response
75% of sufferers will experience an initial increase in heart rate…. followed by an often almost immediate decrease, leading to fainting”
We understand that many people are also anxious regarding the discomfort or ‘pain’ that they associate with the experience of receiving an injection.
We have put together a free download for you to print off that identifies some suggestions for reducing the discomfort associated with injections. You can access this at the Nurses for Nurses Network
We would love to hear your tried and tested suggestions on what you do as a Nurse to reduce anxiety and pain that can be experienced by patients who receive an injection.
The Nurses for Nurses Network has a great range of Nursing continuing professional development activities for Nurses who work in the real world where Nurses are often time poor and resource Limited!