Anutra Shatkin F.I.R.S.T. Injection System

Good morning. I’m Dr Todd Shatkin, and welcome to this Monday Morning Minute. I’m really excited to share something new with you today. It’s called the Anutra Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Injection System, and what it is is a buffered solution of lydocaine. I had never heard of something like this until recently and I tried it out and I said, wow, this would be a great product for our customers because it’s got a lot of advantages. Let me show you how this works.

This is the Anutra Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Injection System, and what we have is lidocaine in a bottle, 2% lidocaine with one to 100 epinephrine, or you can get one to 50 epinephrine, whichever you prefer, and a 4.2% syringe of sodium bicarbonate right up here. And what happens is this little system, you turn the top, one click, and then you express out of this disposable syringe, which is one of the best things about the system, is the disposable syringe. You dispense as much buffered lidocaine as you need. You simply screw the syringe on and then express one CC for every turn. Now I’m at two CCS, and so on and so forth. The great thing about this syringe is you don’t have to change carpools.

So if, you know, for example, you’re doing three crowns and you need approximately two carpools to do that, you’d express three and a half to four CCS of liquid. If you’re doing a larger case, say, four impacted wisdom teeth, you may have to express the entire syringe, which would be six CCS. So you never have to change car fuels in the middle of treatment. But the buffered solution, what it does, is it makes the injection virtually pain free. It decreases the sting on the injection, it gets rid of the acidity in the local anesthetic, which causes a sting. So you immediately buffer the solution and you go right to the patient’s mouth and you can eliminate that sting.

So this is a great new product. I’ve been using it now for a couple of months and I really like it. Now, on top of eliminating the sting, it actually works more quickly and more profoundly because the anesthetic gets absorbed into the tissue quicker, especially in an infected acidic site, because we’re buffering it and we’re reducing the acidity. So we’re helping that acidic site reduce the acidity and accept the local anesthetic. So we all have trouble with local anesthesia in infected areas and this is a solution to that.

So I really think you’re all going to enjoy this new product and I would encourage you to give it a try. Call one of the salespeople at Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® They can talk to you about the product and get you started on it. It’s really not expensive to get started and it’s going to save you money in the long run because you don’t waste as much anesthetic that’s left over in the car puel. And it really is great. It’s a bulk delivery of local anesthetic.

And the other thing I really like about this, once you use it, you have the needle on there. You don’t have to take the needle off the syringe and sterilize the syringe. Your assistants don’t have to mess with the needle, which is dangerous and hazardous. They can just take the entire thing, throw it right into the red hazardous waste container, and they’re done with it. So that’s another big plus with this new disposable syringe and the Shatkin F.I.R.S.T.® Anutra injectable buffered solution.