Types of syringes

Syringes come in different types and they each have a various use. The most common syringes to choose from are luer slip, luer lock, and catheter tip.

Luer slip syringes have a quick fit and generally cheaper than Luer Lock syringes. Some medical professionals say that the needle can sometimes pop off, which is why they prefer using a luer lock syringe.

Luer Lock syringes allow a needle to be twisted onto the tip and is then locked in place. These types of syringes provide a secure connection between the needle and the tip.

Catheter tip syringes are commonly used for injecting through tubing or when a regular slip tip needle is larger than the standard slip tip.

Choosing the size of the syringe

The size of the syringe you need varies by how much fluid is to be given. Sizes are generally in cubic centimeters (cc) or milliliters (mL).

Medical professionals commonly use 1-6cc syringes for subcutaneous & intramuscular injects. 10-20cc syringes are generally used for central lines, catheters, and medical tubing. 20-70mL syringes are generally used for irrigation.

Anatomy of Syringes

Hover over the pieces on the syringe

Tip: Where needle attatches to.

Stopper: Prevents leakage of medication.

Barrel: Resovoir for holding liquid.

Graduations: Scale markings usually in cubic centimeters (cc) or millileters (mL).

Flanges: Wings on the side of the barrel

Plunger Rod: Piston-like device inside the barrel.

Thumb Press: Where clinician presses to push plunger rod down into the barrel

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