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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scientists Develop a Safer Way to Give Injections -- Using a Joystick!

Hugo Guterman, PhD, electrical and computer engineering professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, invented a device called the Fast Intelligent Needle Delivery (FIND) system that will greatly improve both speed and accuracy of injections -- and it looks like a joystick!

About 300 Americans die each year of infections and other complications from misplaced needles, according to Guterman. Another 30 percent of injections miss their mark. Guterman says the new device will be safer and improve accuracy in locating a vein.

New robotics for injections

The device works by connecting to ultrasound which enables it to find the vein. The device only takes about 5 minutes of training, according to Guterman. It's also faster -- 20-45 seconds -- and can be used in any part of the body.

Clinical testing

But don't expect to see FIND anytime soon as it is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Research and development on the new system will continue at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Guterman said the new device will most likely be used predominately on difficult injections. This would include children because their veins are much smaller, or reaching veins in the neck.

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