Pain numbing applicator launched in India

Nitin Dighe, Shailesh Kulkarni, Dr Pankaj Gupta, Aditya Ponkshe, Dr Prakash Marathe and Dr Satish Phadke at the launch of E-CoolSense held in Pune

A pain numbing applicator is now available for patients in India, who cannot bear the pain of injections.

This novel innovation takes the sting off injections for people who need frequent insulin injections, children who go through a battery of inoculations, or those on drips.

 This common fear is known as trypanophobia and about 10 per cent of Indian population suffer from it. The thought of going to the doctors for an injection invokes a deep-rooted sense of dread. Many avoid the doctor’s surgery altogether, leaving themselves open to the risk of various illnesses and infections. A team of researchers at CoolSense have developed an answer for those terrified of needles. This new device, is here to ease the pain of an injection.

Their invention numbs the skin prior to the jab by producing a rapid chemical reaction to cool the patient’s skin.

Needles are usually seen as a necessary evil, but maybe they don’t have to be. Plenty of painless alternatives are in already place. Newer technologies are coming up to seek better means of managing pain. According to research, total number of people suffering from diabetics in India is around 10 crore and 25 percent of them depend on insulin, especially children. E-CoolSense is India’s first local anesthetic device which provides pain relief and prevents the skin from being harmed and burned during the injection.

For decades, drawing blood has meant a health-care professional inserting a long needle into a vein or lancing a fingertip – both of which are laborious and painful. With E-CoolSense, people can experience a virtually painless and simple process.

E-CoolSense is a pain numbing application device which is a developed after years of extensive R&D by the parent company CoolSense Ltd. A revolutionary, though simple, hand-held device, it anesthetises the site of injections by a Cryo system with no chemicals and no after effects. The E-CoolSense’s head unit includes a disinfection mechanism, containing an alcoholic gel. The gel is spread over the applicator’s metal surface, serving as an additional protection against a skin cold-burn.

 The device has the ability to freeze the sting area and paralyse the nerve sensation for several seconds, in such a way that the stabbing pain is not felt. The device is reusable. The device is based on cooling and it lowers the skin temperature from 12 degrees Celsius to minus of two degrees Celsius, which affects the nervous system. When stored in a freezer compartment, the device is immediately ready for use. It numbs the site of injection within three to five seconds.

Speaking about the product, Shailesh Kulkarni, managing patner CoolSense said, “There is a strong market need for this type of technology across numerous channels, such as reference labs, hospitals, retail pharmacies, doctors’ offices, wellness screenings, molecular diagnostics testing, athlete monitoring, and clinical trials. In these settings, E-CoolSense can offer a more efficient method and a greatly improved patient experience.”

 Stressing on the importance Nitin Dighe, managing patner CoolSense said, “Such methods are useful or sustainable for babies, children, adults and also elderly people. E-CoolSense is a device which can be used in various clinics, hospitals and home too for painless injection procedures. We are targeting anyone who has to get an injection, which is nearly everyone. But the device is especially applicable to people who are more susceptible to pain. As such, he said, it is particularly useful for children and the elderly. It is intended for use during procedures ‘where you have to get shots in more sensitive areas of the body, such as the face or the groin.”

Sharing his views on the occasion, Dr Pankaj Gupta (MD), National co-convener of Private Practitioner’s Forum of Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA), a seasoned practitioner in Nashik, while emphasising the need for such a device, said, “Most children dislike needles and are quite anxious about them; some develop a considerable fear (Trypanophobia). Almost all children & adults have no option but to have an IV cannulation when admitted in hospital for various reasons, the experience can be extremely traumatic & leaves bad memories of the hospital stay. During immunization & vaccination of children, a Coolsense will make the pin prick a pain free & happy experience for all. 10 crore people in India suffer from diabetes & many require Insulin injections repeatedly every day, Coolsense can be a boon for all these patients.”

Stressing on the point, he added, “Coolsense can be effectively used for patients on dialysis, chemotherapy administration, cosmetic surgery and dermatology for BOTOX injections on the face, ophthalmologist, ENT surgeons, general surgeons for various minor procedures while injecting local anesthesia, for blood collection by the pathologist and also during blood donation camps. As an anesthesiologist, I would say ‘For all the pleasures in life, relieving someone’s pain is our biggest gift to mankind’.”

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