How to clean a clogged needle
Are you wondering how to unclog a needle? The syringe is the part of the needle that keeps the fluid set for injection or keeps the fluid removed from the body. The tube can consist of glass or plastic.
Inside the syringe is a plunger or piston which is often used to push the injectable material into the body or pull the blood or body fluid out. They are mostly used in a variety of forms for human and animal health.
And why do syringes get stuck? Many of the large 60cc syringes are often used to give food and medicine to children or animals. This can cause stubborn obstructions in the syringe that are difficult to remove.
Syringes that have contained food are prone to accumulated bacteria. Therefore, they should always be well cleaned and disinfected carefully. How do you clean syringes without bleach? Come along, let’s show you!
What you’ll need
- Soapy water
- Baby bottle scrubber or toothbrush
- Hot water
- Remove the needle from the syringe and dispose of it in a basket for sharp objects or hazardous wastepaper.
- Remove the plunger of the syringe so that it has two separate parts.
- Immerse the syringe barrel and the plunger in a sink filled with hot, soapy water for approximately 30 minutes.
- Place the plunger in the syringe and pull back to fill the syringe with warm soapy water.
- Push down the plunger to force hot soapy water back from the syringe.
- Insert a toothpick or needle for small syringes at the end of the syringe needle to uncover difficult obstructions.
- Rub the inside of the syringe with a small baby bottle scrubber or toothbrush, to obtain deposits from the sides of the syringe, such as dry foods.
- Rinse both parts of the syringe with hot water. This will allow the water to come out completely from the tip of the syringe.
- Allow both parts of the air syringe to completely dry.
- Reinsert the plunger into the syringe and store it in a clean, dry space.
How to understand syringes and needles
Hypodermic needles with syringes come in many sizes. The correct size depends on several factors. The length of the needle depends on the type of injection. The most common injections are intramuscular (in a muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin) or intravenous (in the vein).
The thickness or gauge of the needle depends on the liquid and the amount you want to inject. Some substances are thick or large and require larger needles. Diabetics use fine needles, as insulin is not thick. You can inject it in small amounts.
- Look at the tip of the needle. Below the point is the opening called the bevel. There are different angles and lengths to the bevel, depending on the length of the needle and gauge.
- Look at the width or diameter of the needle. It is usually measured in meters. The larger the gauge size number, the smaller the size of the needle will be. In the US, needles typically use gauge sizes from 13 to 31. Diabetics typically use needles that are 27 to 31. A 20 gauge needle is approximately 0.032 inches or approximately 0.9 mm.
- Measure the length of the needle from the tip to the base. Needles for subcutaneous or skin (intradermal) use can be as short as 0.25 inches or 6.35 mm. Other needles can be up to 3.5 inches or 90 mm long.
- Examine the base of the needle. It has a cube that fits into the syringe. In disposable syringes, the connection is solid and can not be easily separated. In reusable syringes, you can remove the needle from the syringe and replace it with a new needle.
- Examine the side of the syringe body to determine how much volume it can take. It is usually printed with markers and volume quantities. Syringes commonly come in as little as 0.25 ml up to 450 ml. As earlier mentioned, diabetic syringes are usually for 1 ml or less and are usually marked in 1/100 to 5/100 segments.
By now, we hope you now know how to free up clogged needles. However, know that the contamination of a needle can cause infections or diseases.
Use caution when handling needles, clean injection points before and after use and dispose of needles as hazardous waste. To avoid the clogging which occurs, always wash the syringe with hot water immediately after use.
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