I was very excited when I saw the new Gripper Micro product. It has a holder that has a huber needle with a metal cannula over it. The needle is placed into the port like usual, but then theÂ needle/holder partÂ is completely removed leaving just a dime sized, flush-to-the-skin, easy to secure, piece in the patient with a blunt metal cannula. What I was not expecting is the extreme pain that the patient complained of. I used a 22g device and I used buffered lidocaine for numbing, just like I had done the past three times on this patient with two different products. Normally, she never had any pain with the access, but this time the pain was horrific. I could see why as I placed the needle. The needle had resistance due to the cannula over it, instead of the normal sharp needle. It took the same amount of time to insert, even with the resistance, but she complained of the numbing not working at all. She complained that she "never had a needle hurt so much". Perhaps the design of the product will get better. Maybe they will make the needle/ cannula transition better. In the past few years, the transitions on PIV catheters and PICC introducers have had a lot of improvement. Maybe the same will be true of this product. But for now, I would never subject a patient to it ever again. Has anyone else had a different experience?