Awesome news from MIT…they have developed an injection system that is needle-less. The coolest thing is the device actually uses a form ofÂ liquefactionÂ to deliver powdered medicines as well:
MIT scientists are developing a needle-less injection that could make getting a flu shot as painless as a mosquito bite.
The device shoots a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin as fast as the speed of sound.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, hospital healthcare workers incur aboutÂ 385,000 needle-relatedÂ injuries every year. Meanwhile, fear or discomfort from needles prevents many patients from complying with doctorsâ orders.
MIT isnât the first institution to experiment with needle-less injections that may help solve these longstanding problems.Â The conceptÂ has been around since the 1860s.Â The U.S. militaryÂ developed high-speed models in the 1950s for use in mass-vacination programs. And modern pharmacists have long offered needle-free flu shots.
The prototype injection system that MIT has created, however, allows for more precision in needle-less injections than has previously been possible. According toÂ MIT News, it allows healthcare workers to adjust a range of doses at various depths.
If giving a shot to a baby, for instance, the shot administrator can use less pressure than he or she would to breech the skin of an adult. Flexibility in dosage and depth also makes jet-powered shots viable for a wider range of treatments.