A Simple Guide to Knowing Syringes

Syringes guide

Throughout history syringes have gotten a bit of a bad rep. Myself, I dread the idea of getting a shot, but regardless, even I have to admit that these instruments that normally get associated with pain have been fundamental tools in the advancement of modern medicine.

Syringes have been with us for a while now, since roman times. By simple definition, a syringe is a pump that fits in a tube, called the barrel, tightly, but with the capability of being pulled and pushed. This action lets the syringe take in or eject different substances through an opening on the end of the barrel.  In that opening, syringes may be fitted with a nozzle or tubing, besides the traditional hypodermic needle. Their use is to dispense injections, insert IV drugs in to the patient’s bloodstream among other uses.

There are many different types of syringes for many different uses; here we will see a quick simple guide on the different types of syringes available.

Syringes can be determined uses and tip designs.  The barrels have different tips, first one and older tip was the “Regular” tip, which is a standard which is very common and installation of the needle is quite simple, these syringes are usually disposable. The other more common syringe is known as the “Luer lock”, which is a more secure and modern design, the needle twists and locks in position for more permanent use. Making the needle the only thing that is disposed after using.

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Other less common syringe tip design is the one called the “Eccentric” tip. Used mainly to inject and get close to parallel ad the needle is almost in the outer body of the barrel, giving it close proximity to the skin.

Other syringe tip types are called “Catheter”; their main function is to be connected to a Catheter tube instead of a hypodermic needle.

Another way to classify syringes is by use, the most common variety is the hypodermic, insulin, and tuberculin syringes. The regular hypodermic syringe commonly is disposable and made of plastic. Diabetic patients use insulin syringes when in need of applying their dose of insulin, they are designed very slim and by comparison they are easy to differentiate from regular syringes. The tuberculin syringes are specially design to treat tuberculosis patients. These syringes are narrow, calibrated in tenths and hundredths of a ml.

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