Common Insulin Syringe Sizes
Learn the differences in syringes so you can easily maintain your diabetes care and daily regimen. Below, are the main components to consider when using insulin syringes. Your physician should always advise which size is best for your needs.
Needle Gauge: Needle gauge indicates the width or thickness of the insulin syringe. The gauge can range from 28-32 gauge. The smaller the gauge number, the bigger the thickness or width, a 28 gauge will be bigger than a 31 gauge. A smaller gauge may cause less pain and needle anxiety.
Needle Length: Needle length indicates the actual length of the needle on the syringe. The most common needle lengths are ½ inch (12.7mm), 5/16 inch (8mm), 3/16 inch (5mm) and 1/8 inch (4mm). The smaller the mm or millimeter, the shorter the needle.
Barrel Size: Barrel size indicates how many units of insulin a syringe can hold. The three common sizes available are 3/10cc or 30 units or less, 5/10cc or 50 units or less and 1cc used for 50-100 units. The smaller barrel for less insulin to achieve better accuracy.
BD Becton Dickinson is one of the leaders in diabetes care and develop easy to use, high quality syringes. Becton Dickinson offers advanced safety in their products to protect health care workers and patients.
Monoject offers a full range of high, quality syringes. They look to the future for even more improvements in development.
TRUEplus by Trividia Health offer affordable, quality insulin needles in a variety of sizes for added comfort.
Sure Comfort of Allison Medical are known for quality and competitive pricing along with a wide offering of insulin syringes.
Tips When Using Insulin Syringes
Always use the correct size for your individual needs based on your diabetes health care provider.
Never re-use a syringe needle. The needle will become dull and lose the outer lubrication after the first use. This will make for a more painful injection with an increased risk for infection.
Remember to monitor and keep track of your blood glucose levels.
Always wash hands with warm water and soap prior to injection.
Dispose of needles properly following your local ordinances. Call your local health department for more information. You can purchase proper needle disposal containers.
Remember to rotate your needle injection sites to prevent skin injury, scarring and help absorption. Common injection sites are the abdomen, upper, outer thigh and upper hips or buttocks.