As long as needles have been around health care delivery, fear of them has been a constant!
However, thanks to a Cleantech Commons “Cleantech Innovation Portal” innovator, a solution may be at hand.
Lakefield, Ontario-based research and development company, PKA, a “Future Cleantech Commons™ Tenant,” has developed a revolutionary device that will help solve this problem.
Their Micro-Needle technology solves many problems, but by far the biggest is the elimination of pain during injection.
Disclosure: PKA SoftTouch is registered on our Cleantech Innovation Portal. You can join PKA on the portal by registering your cleantech innovation here.
The current public conversation about vaccine hesitancy has shone a light once again on this ever-present and potentially life-threatening problem of “needle phobia”.
At first, people were thought to be shying away from their local COVID vaccine programs because of political views. And while that may be true for some, now medical experts are stepping forward to change up the conversation, at least for the 27% of the population who fear getting a shot.
Any shot! Ever!
Within the last two months articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail and on the CTV.Ca news website (among others) citing medical experts who are trying to solve trypanophobia – needle phobia.
Well-known Canadian medical writer Paul Taylor, in a March 19, 2021 article in The Globe writes that health experts are concerned that this needle fear will contribute to vaccine hesitancy and prevent some from getting a COVID-19 shot.
In fact, he writes, one in 10 Canadian adults is so fearful of needles that “it actually interferes with their willingness to seek appropriate medical care,” citing Christine Chambers, scientific director of Solutions for Kids in Pain.
Symptoms of trypanophobia include dizziness, fainting spells, anxiety, insomnia, and panic attacks – enough to keep people away from the vaccine queue we watch daily on Canadian news broadcasts.
People who instead sit at home, in fear and isolated because they believe they can’t participate in the vaccine solution that will help us return to a more normal life.
But here’s the good news: PKA has a “made-in-Canada” solution – the PKA Softtouch Micro-Needle. The company is just about to raise capital to fund human clinical trials following two highly successful raises for animal clinical trials.
You can participate in this next PKA Softtouch equity crowdfunding campaign, hosted by leading Canadian equity crowdfunding platform Frontfundr of Vancouver, B.C. for as little as $500.
Link to https://www.frontfundr.com/pkasofttouch to find out more about how you can become a part-owner of this exciting new venture.
The Micro-Needle solves many problems, but by far the biggest is the elimination of pain during injection. Simply put, the Micro-Needle does not hurt.
It’s a painless injection system, using shallow delivery into the body’s skin layer, rather than deep into nerves and muscles (which is what syringes do). The tiny needle is also completely invisible, so the spectre of a person eyeballing a syringe as it approaches their arm, and then tightening up in anticipatory horror is eliminated.
The Micro-Needle could be the game-changer. It’s small (thumb-sized), pre-filled, and completely disposable. There are no sharps disposals, and no need to pre-draw vaccines from vials since the Micro-Needle arrives at the vaccination location already filled at pharmaceutical manufacturing sites.
PKA was founded to bring its unique and revolutionary device to the growing worldwide injectable drug marketplace.
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