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Many people avoid going to the doctor to get a shot of medicine due to a fear of needles. Unlike the needles of the early 1900’s which  were blunt, non sterile, and thick, modern technology changed administering antibiotics and injections forever by developing needles that minimize pain and trauma.old

A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly in a tube to assist pushing liquids or solids into an object either through a needle, tubing, or a nozzle.  The most common use of a syringe is to administer injections into the body.  Syringes come in both a disposable all-in-one unit with the needle attached or with the plunger and tip separate.  Syringes come in a number of designs in order to properly choose a tip that best suits the needed application. The common tip styles are luer lock, slip tip, catheter tip, and eccentric tip 1. Also the needles come in a variety of gauges or thicknesses, and lengths depending on what and where you will be administering.

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The two common needle types you will come across are the polypropylene slip hub and the luer lock hub. The luer lock hub is specific to the luer lock syringe barrel as it uses threads to screw on and attach. The slip tip polypropylene hubs work with the rest of the other common types of syringes. These syringes slip over the barrel tip and compress for easy installation and removal.


These needles also have the option of having different thicknesses between 14  gauge to 30 gauge and lengths between ¼” and 2”. Shorter needles are usually for injections for right under the skin, longer lengths for getting past muscles, finer gauges for less pain, and thicker gauges for long needles and thicker skinned individuals 2.

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Some common syringe barrel types are the luer lock, normal slip tip, catheter tip and eccentric tip. Most needles will work with each type of syringe barrels as they use the polypropylene attachment as seen above.  A regular slip tip syringe is very common as the needle installation and removal is quick and simple.  A catheter tip is commonly used for injecting through tubing or where a regular slip tip needle is larger than the standard slip tip.

Eccentric tips are common when one needs to get very close to parallel with the skin. The tip is just about in line with the outer body of the barrel to give one that close needed access. This is common when one is trying to inject into a surface vein and you don’t want to penetrate through both walls of that vein.

luerThe final syringe type one will come across is the luer lock. As stated earlier, the barrel and the needle tip simply twist together to give a more permanent use as you can see in the above picture. These also have been designed to make a more leak free connection between the male end on the barrel and the female needle counterpart 3.

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The most common and recognized type of syringe is the U-100 insulin syringe. These insulin syringes are meant to be one time use only thus the low cost.  The U-100 indicates the concentration of your insulin meaning there’s 100 units of insulin in every 1 mL.  The picture to the right shows a standard insulin syringe with a protective safety cap which has been removed.  The needles are typically very thin and range between 23g to 25g to cause the least amount of trauma and bruising to patients.  These syringes come in both permanently attached and removable needle types.

ff80808111238d9d011124bf45e75cd1-PRODUCT-MEDIUM_IMAGESafety should always be used when dealing with syringes. A sharps container is filled with used medical needles and any other sharp medical instruments such as IV catheters and surgical blades. You can read more through this blog. There are many general safety rules that everyone needs to abide by. You should never throw loose or used needles into the garbage, never flush used needles down the toilet, and never put needles in recycling containers. You should always use a specific container designed for the disposal of sharps and dispose of it properly 4. Check out “Sharp Thinking – The Point of Disposal” for more information on sharp disposal.

 Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers.  Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your syringe and medical supply needs.

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  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luer_lock
  4. http://blog.allegromedical.com/?s=syringe

There are natural vitamins and chemicals in the body that help restore and rejuvenate one’s skin. You should be looking to find products that have natural premium ingredients inside that best replicate the same chemicals your body produces. Taking care of your own and another’s skin is so important because it is the body’s natural barrier to acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers, cuts, skin tears, and infections.

Choosing the correct skin care item to maintain healthy skin can be an overwhelming because there are so many different ingredients and brands of skin care products. The competitive marketing of these different skin care products through T.V. commercials, YouTube, and Facebook doesn’t make one’s choice any easier. People need to be aware of what they are actually purchasing and what the active chemicals do to their skin. For example, benzoyl peroxide is commonly use to treat acne, but it is an extremely skin drying chemical that no matter what moisturizer you use, it won’t help revitalize your skin 1.

To help maintain or restore your bodies’ skin to its natural state, one should follow an easy multi-step skin wellness plan – cleanse, moisturize, and protect.

Step one is to cleanse the skin. One should be choosing a product that is gentle with no harsh ingredients. A very popular and naturally safe ingredient is Jojoba oil which gets extracted from the jojoba plant. This is very similar to oils produced in the skin so doing a complete cleanse with a product that contains this natural ingredient is most beneficial to ones skin.

Kendall No Rinse Body Wash and Shampoo

kendall-no-rinse-body-wash-and-shampoo-9oz-566348-MEDIUM_0 This Kendall body wash and shampoo is a gentle no rinse cleanser you can use for your body, hair, or sensitive perineal area. This cleanser contains the natural jojoba oil to restore moisture back to your skin. The use of traditional over the counter soaps tend to try the skin and raise the pH level to where your skin dries out and is susceptible to germs and bacteria. So when you’re looking for a cleanser, look for something that contains natural oils along with being “pH-balanced” 2.

Step Two is to moisturize your skin. You want to look for something that has Dimethicone as its active ingredient. This ingredient replaces oil lost from excessive dryness or over exposure to wetness. This helps rejuvenates the natural barrier that your body produces. People with cracked, chapped or chafed skin will benefit from this product.

Secura Skin Moisturizing Lotion

secura-skin-moisturizing-lotion-8-oz-squeeze-bottle-564887-MEDIUM_0 This moisturizer is especially beneficial to treat dry, rough, itchy, and minor skin irritations. One should apply this as often as the skin needs to condition and moisturize dry skin. Moisturizing creams with a high amount of Dimethicone can be used on the perineal area to prevent future irritation to the skin. Moisturizers can also help alleviate irritation tosensitive skin 3.

The third step is to protect your skin. These products often contain an ingredient called Benzalkonium Chloride which protects against microbial contamination. These contamination’s are what cause secondary infections including fungi and bacteria. Exposed skin in the workplace, home, or clinical setting can pick up unwanted contamination’s. These bacteria’s also can cause unwanted odors that have been accumulating on an unsanitized surface.

Thera Antimicrobial Body Cleansing Spray
antimicrobial-body-cleansing-spray-564815-MEDIUM_0This is a no-rinse antimicrobial spray that inhibits bacterial growth while washing the skin of germs and other infectious bacteria. These are the last step to help hydrate and improve the appearance of the skin.

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of skin wellness and medical supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating skin problems, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your skin care wellness needs.

 

 

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  2. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/products/ph-balanced1.htm
  3. http://akamai.covidien.com/sfdistribution/vtn/flash/skinwellness/home.htm

 

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