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You Think You Know Syringes?

You Think You Know Syringes?

All Syringes are Not Created Equally. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of a syringe is: 

Here at, we carry more than 50 varieties of syringes! Some are equipped with a hypodermic needle, while others come with a nozzle or tubing that helps direct the flow of medication. Some are intended for things like wound irrigation, fluid extraction or even medication injection.

So how do you know if you’re choosing the right syringe* for your needs? How do you know your Patients are selecting the right syringe for their needs? We’ve compiled this overview of the different types of syringes and their intended use(s) so that you’re confident you’re buying the right product and you can share with your Patients so they are informed when buying supplies:

Types of Syringes:

Insulin Syringe: One of the most commonly used syringes, the Insulin syringe is intended as a single-use solution that commonly includes a U-100 marking indicating the concentration of 100 units of insulin per 1ml. And usually include a fine needle. See Example
Tuberculin Syringe: Small in size and housing up to 1ml of fluid, the Tuberculin syringe is used for subcutaneous or intradermal injections of medicine. See Example
Multi-shot Needle Syringe: While these types of syringes are rarely used due to the risk of contamination, these specialty syringes are designed to refill after each injection from a built-in reservoir to allow for multiple dosages using the same syringe. 
Venom Extraction Syringe: Like its name-sake, a Venom extraction syringe is used to suck out or extract poison from a wound without puncturing the wound itself.
Oral Syringe:  Typically used for measuring oral doses of medication accurately, oral syringes are often chosen to deliver drugs to small children or animals directly through their mouths without the risk or spillage.
Dental Syringe:
Dentists use these syringes to administer an anesthetic solution. It can also be used to supply water, compressed air or mist the oral cavity to clear debris for a clean working surface.

Syringe Tip Variants: 

Luer Lock Tip:
With a threaded tip so the needle can be twisted and locked in place, the Luer Lock tip ensures visual and audible confirmation that the needle is secure. See Example

Slip Tip:
Also referred to as a Luer slip syringe tip, the Slip tip provides a friction-fit connection with the user being required to push the needle hub into the syringe. Slip tips are typically used for diabetic use, post operative conditions, vitamin deficiencies and intramuscular medication. See Example

Catheter Tip:
Forming a tight seal, the catheter tip is similar to a slip tip, but has a longer and more tapered tip. Catheter tip syringes are usually used to clean catheters, gastronomy tubes and wound irrigation. 

Eccentric Tip:
Used for injecting into a surface vein and not penetrating both vascular walls of the vein, Eccentric Tips are mainly used for the aspiration of fluids that require closeness to the skin.

*Please note that the content shared here is intended for informational purposes and should never be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions without physician consultation. Reliance on this information is not meant to substitute for advice from a certified medical professional.
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