What Are the Different Syringe Sizes?

by | Jan 30, 2014 | Healthcare

A syringe is a cylinder that is made out of glass or plastic. It has a plunger inside of it that can be pushed in and pulled out of one end. Typically, there will be a needle attached to the other side. The word syringe can be used to refer to the cylinder, the plunger, or the needle. Syringe sizes are usually measured in milliliters. The syringe sizes can range anywhere from 0.25 milliliters to 450 milliliters. It is also common for them to be measured in cubic centimeters; one cubic centimeter would be the equivalent of 1 milliliter.  These numbers tell the user how much volume of a liquid they can hold at one time.

When someone is referring to the size of the syringe, the needle may also be factored into the size. This is because the size of the cylinder determines how big the needle can be. Insulin syringes are also going to be found in three different sizes including: 1 cc, 1/2 cc, and 3/10 cc. The correct size syringe that a person would need is determined by the dose of insulin that a person needs. An insulin syringe can also be defined by how much insulin it was created to hold. For example, each cc or ml can hold up to 100 units of insulin. This means that a 3/10 cc syringe would hold 30 units and a 1 cc syringe would hold 100 units.  Naturally, you would want to buy an insulin syringe that is not going to require you to jab yourself more than once to get the full dose.

There are other kinds of syringes that do not come equipped with a needle at all. If you’ve ever have to give medication to a child under the age of 3 you probably know this syringe all too well. It is an oral syringe and it is used to dispense liquids into infants and your children. It is not uncommon for people to get an oral syringe when they have a puppy or a kitten that is young enough to still need to nurse so they can feed it.

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