Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel. Treatment for diabetes often involves many needle procedures, including insulin injections and pumps and frequent finger sticks to check blood sugar levels. Buzzy® is proven to reduce the pain and anxiety with these needle procedures and may help with daily procedure fatigue.
For Arm Injections or Pump Insertions
For injections, Buzzy® needs to be placed “between the brain and the pain”. In the arms, the nerves run straight down. For pump insertion on an arm, as in this picture, Buzzy® is left directly on the site 60 seconds. Move Buzzy® up toward the armpit and leave in place while accessing.
For Stomach Injections
For stomach injections, the nerves run sideways coming around from the back towards the belly button. Again, leave the Buzzy® 30 – 60 seconds (the skin is thinner here, so the cold may get TOO cold), then slide 2cm lateral out to the side and do the injection where the Buzzy® used to be.
For Finger Sticks
For fingersticks, either place Buzzy® at the base of the finger for pricks on the pad, or as close as possible on the side (where there are fewer nerves).