NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases First in New York to Launch J-Tip Needle-Free Anesthetic System

NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases' Center for Children, part of the new Hassenfield Pediatric Center, will be the first pediatric center in the New York metropolitan area to introduce a needle-free anesthetic system, according to a News-Medical report.

The J-tip needle-free anesthetic system uses a unique syringe that uses a small canister of pressurized carbon dioxide instead of a needle to push buffered Lidocaine into the skin. The Lidocaine numbs the area before a venous procedure, such as drawing blood.

In January, the Center for Children began a pilot program using the J-tip to prepare pediatric patients prior to drawing blood before surgery. Clinicians anticipate the J-tip will be used across all pediatric orthopedic services and potentially expand to other pediatric service lines.

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