Purchasing medical needles have a variety of types and uses. The first step is figuring which type of needle that best fits your unique needs. Whether you’re newly diagnosed diabetic or your specific medication requires an injection to prevent damage to the liver, we’ll give you a basic overview of medical needles and where to buy them.
The Parts of a Medical Needle
Depending on the type of syringe, you’ll need a specific needle that coincides with that type. For example, luer lock syringes require needles that can be twisted and locked into place (this helps prevent the needle from slipping off the syringe), while luer slips only require needles that are simply pressed on.
The needles themselves consist of three equally important pieces made of hollow stainless steel. The three parts are:
- The hub - fits onto the tip of the syringe
- The shaft - the length of the needle
- The bevel - the slanted tip of the needle. This is the part that creates the actual hole/slit in a person's skin where fluids are injected.
Where Can I Get Medical Needles?
Brick and Mortar
Depending on local and state regulations*, you might be able to find a brick and mortar medical supply store where you can visit and ask questions regarding your specific needs. The downside to this is that most medical stores are staffed with those who barely qualify to work there. In other words, they might only have a basic understanding of one item and specialize in another, making it difficult to get straightforward and accurate answers. You can always ask the medical professional who diagnosed and suggested your treatment, but is it really worth the extensive research and hour-long drive to get to the nearest medical supply store?
*Remember, CT, DE, IL, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, and RI only allow the sale of syringes and needles to licensed professionals and entities.
People are increasingly choosing to buy goods online, that includes medical supplies. The convenience offered paired with staff that has direct contact with the medical supply manufacturers themselves allow quick and precise feedback to any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Before you jump online and purchase from the first medical supplier you find, you’ll want to do a few things first.
Do a bit of research when searching where to purchase your medical supplies online. You’ll want to check reviews for reputable medical supply sites where real people give actual insight to products and customer service. Some of the better medical supply sites offer blogs that will help give you an idea of what you need and give general overviews of supplies as well!
How to Choose Where to Buy Medical Needles
If you’re in the market for medical needles, you have a few options. First, you’ll want to confirm the exact type of syringe and needle best fits your medical need. Next, you’ll want to do a bit of research regarding where you’ll purchase your medical needles, regardless of if you’re choosing to purchase in-store or online. Finally, when you get your product home/it arrives at your front door, you’ll want to confirm you have the correct products. Be careful though, some brick and mortar stores don’t offer the same return policy as online shops do.
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Cardiff Medical School 2006 – 2011 MB ChB
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