Acupressure and Needle Sticks
Let’s face it – needle sticks can hurt. One strategy some doctors use to lessen the pain of a needle being inserted into the skin for a blood draw, injection of local anesthesia, or an intravenous line is acupressure. This technique is performed by direct, firm pressure for twenty seconds with the fingertip at the site the needle is going to be inserted. This “floods” the pain fibers leading from the skin to the brain and deadens the sensation for subsequent stimuli.
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