By Alex Glenn • 29 August 2021 • 8:40
Spanish invention, Pinsoft helps reduce fear of vaccinations.
Three Spanish students have come up with a fantastic design which helps people who are afraid of getting injected. The Pinsoft invention is able to hide the needle from patients. It is thought that this could help people who are scared of being vaccinated.
According to reports many people have refused to be vaccinated against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic because they are scared of needles. The fear of needles is a common phobia and is called tripanophobia.
A new Spanish invention hopes to help with this fear and the anxiety that patients can suffer from. Pinsoft has been designed by three students from the Universitat Jaume I. Students Sofia Aparicio, Laura Martinavarro, and Juan Carlos Espert have created a wonderful design that this year has won the national James Dyson Foundation Award.
Designer Juan Carlos speaking to Omicrono, said: “We want to change the concept of syringes in general.” The design is able to hide the needle from the patient which can help with anxiety.
According to Omicrono, “Firstly, Pinsoft hides the needle and syringe so that the patient cannot see it. Its cylindrical shape hides the syringe with the medication inside, it can be adapted to intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous or intradermal injections. Secondly, it prevents the patient from feeling the prick of the needle. Surrounding the needle, a number of round-tipped sticks, called spikes, tap the arm.”
Juan Carlos added that: “The spikes try to massage the surrounding area to trick the mind,”
“At university we know people studying nursing and medicine who have helped us with their experience in internships or even in class.”
The students are now hoping that a company will take on the design and help produce it commercially. “We would very much like a company or organisation to take an interest in the project and help us to get the product off the ground, which is something we consider very important,” explained Juan Carlos.
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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