Clinical Trials & Publications
Full Publications on Buzzy
Studies show that Buzzy is more than just a gimmick
"Comparison of the two groups showed significantly lower pain and anxiety levels in the experimental group than in the control group during the peripheral IV cannulation."
"Use of external cold and vibration via Buzzy decreased perceived pain and reduced children's anxiety during blood specimen collection."
"Eighty percent of the cohort that used the vibrating device indicated that they would like it used for future procedures."
"The combination of cold and vibration decreased venipuncture pain significantly more than standard care without compromising procedural success."
"Overall pain scores were significantly reduced over all four time points. There was also a significant reduction in fear of the injections."
"Compared with no intervention, the device reduced pain significantly"
Full Publications on DistrACTION Cards
Distractions used along with a Buzzy reduces pain & anxiety further
"Results show that pre-procedural anxiety did not differ significantly. However, the experimental group had significantly lower pain levels than the control group during the blood draw procedure."
Abstracts & Summaries
Mentions of the Buzzy in other publications
"A Novel Pain Relief Device for Children. Thirty-five patients had their pain assessed during a venipuncture procedure without pain management. During this pre-BUZZY implementation phase, children’s mean pain assessment scores were 3.9 to 4.6 [on a Wong Baker Faces scale]. 66 patients used BUZZY for venipuncture. Sample included 12% toddlers, 20% pre-schoolers, 48% school-age children, and 20% adolescents. Mean pain assessment scores with BUZZY according to age were 1.2 to 3.4…. Overall, BUZZY appears to reduce venipuncture pain in a pediatric ED based on pain assessment score trends, patient report, & family comments."
"(Abstract) Results: On a 0 to 10 scale, the mean of pain levels during the procedure in the control group was 4.46+/-2.9. It was 1.38+/- 1.3 in the Buzzy group. It was 2.43+/-1.3 in the distraction cards group and 0.53+/-0.9 in the buzzy + cards group. There was a significant difference between all groups’ mean of pain levels during the procedure (F=0.46, P<.05) Summary: Buzzy and DistrACTION Cards together: 88% decrease of phlebotomy pain adding distraction to Buzzy n=120 Buzzy alone no distraction, 4.46 -> 1.38, 69% reduction in pain N=120"
"The authors describe 176 patients aged 7 to 12 years who were randomized to either a control group that received no cannulation intervention and the experimental group that received external cold and vibration via Buzzy. The same nurse conducted the peripheral IV cannulation in all children. Cold and vibration were applied 1 minute before the peripheral IV and continued until the end of the procedure. Preprocedural anxiety did not differ. Comparison of the two groups showed significantly lower pain and anxiety levels in the experimental group than in the control group during the peripheral IV cannulation. Buzzy can be considered to provide an effective combination of cold and vibration that can be used during pediatric peripheral IV cannulation by pediatric nurses."
"As part of a quality improvement project, patients and phlebotomists were surveyed prior to initiation of implementation of the vibrating device Buzzy. Prior to the device, 17 of 29 children (59%) indicated they wished something had been used to decrease venipuncture pain. 80% of those using the vibrating device (n=35) indicated that they would like it used for future procedures. Children with previous venipuncture experiences appeared to benefit most. Phlebotomists reported the vibration made the procedure easier in 81% of the cases; none reported it complicated the procedure. The study concluded that locally applied vibration appears to be a well-accepted technique to minimize discomfort that may facilitate completion of the procedure."
"In this randomized controlled trial, 120 children aged 6 to 12 years underwent phlebotomy, either with no intervention for pain management or using the Buzzy device with cold and vibration throughout the procedure. The experimental group showed significantly lower pain (p< .001) and anxiety levels (p<.001) throughout the blood specimen collection. Authors concluded that Buzzy decreased perceived pain and reduced anxiety throughout blood collection, without decreasing the effectiveness of the procedure."
"This was a crossover pilot study of 16 adult patients using Buzzy or nothing and 14 patients using vapocoolant spray or nothing. Those with greater needle anxiety were more likely to experience pain relief with Buzzy. The Buzzy device prototype significantly reduced pain (p=.035) while vapocoolant spray did not."
"In this first study of pediatric patients undergoing phlebotomy or IV cannulation in a pediatric emergency department, patients were block randomized by use of LMX or no intervention in triage. When the 4 to 18 year olds were cannulated, they were randomized to Buzzy or cold spray (a proven fast acting pain reliever). In the 81 children, median age 10 years, Buzzy was associated with both lower pain scores than cold spray by self report on the Faces Pain Scale Revised (-2 on 10 point scale), by observer report, and by parent report. Venipuncture success was more likely with Buzzy, OR 3.05; 95%CI 1.03-9.02). Authors concluded that the cold and vibration device significantly decreased pain while improving procedural success over the use of cold spray."
"In these independent sessions, the presenter demonstrated techniques to decrease pain with injections of BTX-A and Fillers. Placement of Buzzy cold wings for 10 seconds, then vibration only in the VI distribution for brow injections and adjacent to mouth and nasolabial fold placement for fillers was demonstrated. 80-90% preference for Buzzy was reported in the presenter’s filler population. Laser use with Buzzy® was reported on one neck port-wine stain treatment of an adolescent with good results."
"Benzthine penicillin injection into the gluteal area is painful, and can lead to decreased adherence with rheumatic fever prevention. In this study, 405 RF patients receiving 4 weekly injections were offered lidocaine and/or Buzzy for pain management. Pre and post surveys of pain and fear were included. Overall pain scores were significantly reduced over all four time points. 71% chose an analgesic intervention. After 5 months, 43% continued to use Buzzy. The authors concluded that the pain reduction strategies were popular in this population, decreasing pain and increasing adherence."