Every injection has its own type of syringe

Let's find out together which is the right syringe for each injection, from insulin and antibiotics to light-sensitive drugs. Also, how long are the needles? And are the same syringes used for children?

The injection's coming up and it’s important to know that each syringe has its own rules. First of all, the amount of the drug that's being administered must be considered, as well as the weight of the patient, and if the injection is for a child, the needle has to be the right one.

Is it a subcutaneous or an intramuscular injection?

Each drug has its own syringe! For example, for insulin you use a syringe for subcutaneous injection; some come pre-loaded with the prescribed amount of insulin. And what about giving antibiotics? That's when a syringe for intramuscular injection with a 5 milliliter dose is used.

The syringe for drugs that are "allergic" to sunlight

And what if the syringe needs to be filled with a light-sensitive drug that alters when exposed to sunlight? There are types of syringes, like amber-coloured ones, that don't let light through. For other more challenging treatment, like pain management, syringes with luer locks are used instead, which allows the drug to be released slowly. These are devices with outer protective coatings to reflect the sun's rays and avoid overheating of the barrel.

The syringe that's "tailor-made" for newborns

The science community puts it in a few simple words: "A 25 millimeter needle is considered suitable for all ages, except for very small newborns, when it's appropriate to use a needle of 8 - 16 millimeters".

Was it useful?

We do not reply to this form. If you have any questions or need information, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

You might also be interested in:
  • Where should injections be done?

    Too much medication must not be injected into the arm, and injections can only be done in the buttocks if they're relaxed. And doing it near the kneecap hurts. Here's all the necessary information about injection sites.

    Find out more
  • Syringes and disinfectant wipes for performing injections with ...

    What's the right equipment needed for doing an injection safely and with complete peace of mind? That's easy: a syringe and a disinfectant wipe. Here's a guide to find out what's available these days: from disposable syringes to ...

    Find out more
  • Needlestick injuries: more than 3 million exposures

    Based on calculations by the World Health Organization, around 3 million health workers out of 35 million, almost 10%, are exposed each year to the risk of contracting infections from infected blood caused by needlestick injuries. ...

    Find out more
You might be interested in
  • ProntoIniezione Kit

    A complete kit combining the convenience of the Ultrafin syringe and Extreme needle, fast-acting Soffix disinfectant pads made from non-woven fabric, ...

    Find out more
  • ReKosac® Cotton

    ReKosac® is extremely soft and absorbent cotton wool.

    Find out more
  • Ultrafin Extreme Syringe

    Ultrafin is a sterile, disposable, apyrogenic and non-toxic needle syringe. It's played a major part in the history of injection technology in Italy ...

    Find out more