The Importance Of Syringe Sizes

by | Mar 4, 2014 | Healthcare

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When it comes to syringe sizes, it is not true that “one-size-fits-all” in the medical profession. In fact, syringes come in all size and types. They may be insulin syringes or injection needles. They may even be without a needle – as is the case for oral injection syringes.
Whatever you require, you will find syringe sizes suitable for the purpose. It is important, however, that before you even consider using a needle and syringe, you talk to your medical professional. He or she will be able to address any questions you have. The physician or specialist can also specify what needle or syringe sizes are best suited for your use.
Factors Affecting Syringe Sizes
When it comes to syringes, several factors can play a role in affecting the size. The most significant ones include:

      * Type of syringe


      * Intended purpose of the syringe


      * Amount of fluid to be drawn out or medication to injected


      * Available needle sizes


    * Composition of the needles in terms of materials – metal, plastic, glass combinations

Gauging Syringe Sizes
To a large extent, the syringe type and size are interrelated. The most common type, the plastic piston or plunger style syringe differs from an insulin syringe. Some consist of metal and glass instead of plastic. These two characteristics interact to help dictate syringe sizes.
The purpose of an epi-pen and an insulin syringe are essentially the same, but the components and materials diverge. While both supply insulin to the body, the former acts in a more traditional way through direct injection in units while the epi-pen consists of an automatic and pre-filled amount. While epi-pens and glass, cartridge-style syringes come in one size only, insulin syringes do not.
In fact, the traditional or conventional syringes do not come in the same size. They serve multiple purposes in the medical profession. As a result, they can differ dramatically. Sizes can range from 0.25 cc (or ml) to 450 cc. The most common sizes of syringes used to administer medication can be as large as 10 cc size or as small as 0.25 cc.
The most common syringe sizes, however are:

      * 1 cc


      * 3 cc


      * 5 cc


    * 10 cc

Choosing the Right Syringe
Syringes administer medication using needles. They are part of an intravenous system and used to withdraw any accumulations of fluids within the body. Syringes can also be needleless to inflate bulbs or to provide medication to infants and animals. It is of importance before you even choose the right size to understand the purpose of the syringes.
To accomplish this, know the amount of fluid you will need to administer. Also part of the equation is the site. Will you need to administer it intradermally (ID) intramuscularly (IM), or, very common, subcutaneously (SQ)? You will then know the specific syringe sizes as well as the needle sizes you will require to do the job properly. Do research, but always talk to a medical professional about your needs. He or she is best equipped to help you find the right equipment.

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