Syringes and needles are important tools used every day by clinicians. Uses include drawing fluid, injecting medication, or cleaning a wound. Unlike outdated syringes and needles from the past, current syringes and needles are designed to provide more comfort, less pain, less bruising, and minimal trauma.
Syringes are used for collecting or injecting fluids in a surgical procedure or exam. They consist of a stopper, which helps prevent the leaking of medication, the barrel, which holds the fluids, a flange, which allows the user to rest their fingers and hold the syringe securely, and a plunger rod, which is a piston-like device that presses the fluid through the needle.
- Luer Lock Syringes require a needle to be twisted and locked in place, offering a more secure needle to syringe connection. Shop Luer Lock Syringes
- Luer Slip Syringes allow the needle to slip over the tip of the syringe. They are a quick and convenient way to attach a needle. This type of syringe tends to be cheaper and is ideal for when a quick injection is needed. Shop Luer Slip Syringes
- Catheter Tip Syringes are commonly used for injecting through tubing or if a regular slip tip needle is larger than a normal slip tip. Shop Catheter Tip Syringes
- Insulin Syringes have a short thin needle to help prevent pain and bruising. Unlike regular syringes, the graduations on the barrel are measured in units of insulin rather than mL or cc. Shop Insulin Syringes and Needles
Needles come in various lengths and diameters for various uses. Needles are made of hollow stainless steel and consist of:
- A Hub, which fits onto the tip of the syringe
- A Shaft, which is the length of the needle
- The Bevel, which is the slanted tip of the needle
The bevel on a needle creates a narrow slit or hole which allows the fluid in the syringe to be injected into the patient. Long beveled tips are generally sharper and narrower which reduces discomfort.
Needles are classified according to their length and diameter. Needle lengths can vary from .5 inches to 3 inches. The diameter of a needle is measured in gauges. The larger the needle gauge the smaller the diameter (i.e. a 25 gauge needle has a smaller diameter than a 19 gauge needle). A higher gauge needle lets the patient experience less pain and bruising during injection.
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