• Buzzy® for Pain Management During Routine Immunizations in Pediatric Patients

      Kang, Lacey; Connolly, Mary Ellen (2022-05)
      Problem: Children receive multiple vaccines throughout their childhood. Immunization associated pain can change the way the body responds to stress. Despite the development of multiple pain management techniques, many primary care offices have no forms of pain management during routine immunizations. Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to implement and evaluate a protocol for Buzzy® use during routine immunizations in a pediatric primary care office. Methods: During a 15-week implementation period, all children greater than 18 months of age were offered a Buzzy® when receiving a vaccine. Key stakeholders were identified, and staff were educated on Buzzy® indications, administration, and contraindications prior to implementation. Written materials about Buzzy® were placed in the waiting room and exam rooms for parents to review. Staff were provided with educational sessions that included a presentation and a hands-on demonstration. All eligible children were offered a Buzzy® by the provider. If parent and child agreed the Buzzy® was incorporated into routine immunization administration by the nursing staff. Data logs were developed, and nurses completed the log after each eligible patient. Data related to the number of patients who were offered a Buzzy® by the provider and how many patients received their immunizations with a Buzzy® were collected. Data analysis was conducted through run charts. Results: 100% of staff members completed the education by week 6. An average of 15% of patients were offered a Buzzy® by a physician, while 44% of the patients who were offered and agreed were administered vaccines with a Buzzy® by a nurse. Conclusion: Educating and implementing a protocol on Buzzy® use increased the rate of providers offering a Buzzy® to eligible patients and nursing staff administering routine immunizations with a Buzzy®.
    • Implementation and Evaluation of a Nonpharmacological Device to Improve Satisfaction During Immunization

      Kim, Tamara K.; Satyshur, Rosemarie D. (2021-05)
      Problem & Purpose: Immunization pain is the most common pain experienced by children when visiting their primary healthcare office. In a pediatric primary care office on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, there are inadequate pain relief options used during immunization. Untreated pain can lead to sensitization to future painful experiences leading to greater fear and anxiety, intense distress with future immunizations, needle phobia, and avoidance of healthcare as the individual ages. The purpose of the project was to implement and evaluate the use of the Buzzy device to improve satisfaction during immunization for children aged four to 18 years. The Buzzy device combines vibration and external cold analgesia to control pain at the injection site. Methods: All families with children aged four through 18 years receiving an immunization were educated on and offered use of the Buzzy device. The LPNs assessed the child’s pain score after all administrations and distributed a satisfaction survey to each family when Buzzy was utilized. Data were collected using an implementation log. Data were analyzed using run charts and were presented to the Clinical Site Representative and staff on a monthly basis to elicit feedback. Results: Results indicate that after receiving education on the Buzzy and project goals, 100% of the children and families were willing to try using the Buzzy device to minimize immunization pain and improve satisfaction. Overall satisfaction was scored at 86.3% and among satisfied families, the average pain rating was two out of 10. Conclusions: Data collected indicate that use of the Buzzy device is effective in improving satisfaction during immunization in children and should continue being offered for distraction during immunization. Buzzy sustainability will continue to be driven by family satisfaction with the device during immunization and the device remaining in the practice. Project results will be disseminated through poster presentations.
    • Reducing Pediatric Vaccine-Associated Pain Using The Buzzy

      Hoke, Brittany M.; Connolly, Mary Ellen (2019-05)
      Background: Vaccinations are recognized as a major cause of iatrogenic pain in childhood. Currently no pain management protocol exists at a large suburban pediatric primary care clinic in the mid-Atlantic, for children undergoing vaccination. Local Problem: The purpose of this DNP project was to implement and evaluate the usage of the Buzzy device during vaccination of children ages 4-17 years, at this pediatric primary care clinic. Buzzy is an effective combination of vibration and external cold analgesia, which significantly reduces injection pain in children. The project was designed to improve patient care at this clinic, by addressing the pain management needs of children undergoing vaccination. Interventions: The project took place over the course of 16 weeks. During the first two weeks, the project leader posted Buzzy advertisements throughout the clinic and distributed brochures to families. Nurses (n = 11) and medical assistants (n = 1) were individually trained during this time, regarding proper technique and usage of the device. During weeks 3-16, the nurses and medical assistant utilized Buzzy when vaccinating children ages 4 to 17 years. The project leader collected data using two audit tools: (1) a running log documented by the nurses/MA that tracked the number of patients receiving the Buzzy intervention, and (2) a running log documented by the project leader that randomly tracked those who utilized Buzzy. Staff provided a satisfaction survey to each patient who received Buzzy during vaccination that was submitted anonymously prior to patients leaving the clinic. During weeks 3-16, the project leader reviewed and entered data into an Excel spreadsheet and conducted an analysis of data utilizing descriptive statistics. Data was also analyzed via a run chart to track Buzzy usage and to identify trends over the course of the 14-week period. Results: Staff offered Buzzy to a total of 761 patients. Six hundred and eighteen patients used the device during vaccination, while 143 patients declined. The mean number of patients using Buzzy per week was 43. A total of 523 surveys were completed, yielding an 84.6% survey response rate. Ninety-seven percent of parents and patients surveyed reported satisfaction with their vaccination experience using Buzzy, which well surpassed the project’s goal of 50%. One hundred percent of nurses (5 out of 5) offered Buzzy to patients during audit weeks 3, 5-9, 11 and 14. The satisfaction rate among nurses who utilized Buzzy ranged from 67% during week 4, to 100% during weeks 6-16. Conclusion: The positive response from patients, parents, and staff demonstrates the device’s efficacy and the success of this project, and will aid in its sustainability at this clinic. With continued provider and nursing support, Buzzy has potential to become standard of care during vaccination at this clinic. Implications for future research include use of the device on a younger population of patients, application during additional needle stick procedures, as well as incorporating Buzzy usage into the clinic’s EHR. This project can be utilized as a model for pediatric clinics seeking methods to decrease vaccine-associated pain for their patients.