What You Need to Know About Insulin Syringe 31 Gauge

Regular insulin injections are notoriously given a bad reputation.  The idea of a needle is often met with fear and the idea that it will always hurt.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  The main reason injections cause pain is due to the size of the needle, or the gauge.

What is Gauge?

The gauge of a needle refers to the thickness of the needle itself.  The thicker the needle, the lower the gauge number on the syringe.  Subsequently, the higher the number of the gauge, the thinner the syringe will be for you to use.  Gauge is an important issue when it comes to daily insulin injections, since the thinner, or smaller, gauge offers you more comfort and less bleeding at the injection site.  The easier the injection is to administer, the more likely you will be willing to do it as prescribed. 

Medical studies, and patient anecdotes, have found that the 31 gauge syringe is the most comfortable for regular insulin injections.  The needle is not only thinner, but also shorter than the typical syringes you may see used in medical facilities.  The design of this shorter needle is to ensure that an insulin injection goes into the proper area of your skin and not into the muscle.  The needle tips are beveled and coated, making injections even less painful for you. 

Finding the Right Insulin Syringe 31 Gauge for Sale

Depending on how many units of insulin needed, you’ll want to be sure that you are using the correct size of syringe.  A 1 ml/cc syringe holds 100 units of insulin, where a 0.5 ml/cc syringe holds 50 units. Having the right tool for the job is vital when it comes every injection!  US Medical Intl. has 0.5 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” diabetic insulin syringes for sale, as well as 1 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” diabetic insulin syringes.  Both sizes come in boxes of 100 syringes, with cases available of 1000 count for the 1 ml/cc size and 1200 count for the 0.5 ml/cc size. 

The lines on the MEDINT syringes are clearly marked for ease of use.  Each mark on the 0.5 ml/cc syringe represents one unit of insulin.  For the 1 ml/cc syringe, each mark represents two units.  Be sure to take great care measuring out the proper dosage according to your doctor’s instructions. 

Diabetic Insulin Syringe Safety

There are some basic, yet highly important pieces of information you need to know and follow.  When using any insulin syringe, you should never reuse a syringe that has been once already.  Once a syringe has been used for a single injection, it is no longer considered to be sterile.  The other problem with reusing a syringe is that the needle is not as sharp as it was the first time it was used.  Once a needle has punctured both the insulin bottle and your skin, it instantly dulls the syringe tip.  Reusing dull syringes may cause an increase in pain and localized bleeding in the area of the injection.

Don’t leave syringes laying around, either.  Be sure to cover it back up with the supplied caps and place each one into a sharps container or other thick and heavy container that will not be punctured if a needle happens to be exposed.  Once the syringe is in a sharps container, you never want to reach in to retrieve it for any reason.  It’s also recommended that you keep all of you diabetic supplies, including your sharps container, out of the reach of pets and children. 

Increasing the Chance of Comfort with Insulin Injections

When it comes to added comfort of regular insulin injections, that old adage definitely applies:  Location, location, location.  You want to change the location of your injection site enough with each use to lower the probability that you’ll experience discomfort.  Remember that you want to find a fattier area of the body to use as an injection site, so thinner and bonier areas of the body, such as just above the knee and elbow, should be avoided.  The upper and outer area of the arms and thighs are the best locations for diabetic insulin injections.  You may think that the inner thigh is another good choice, but it’s not.  That area may become more irritated with an injection site there as you walk, run, bike or do any regular outdoor activities.

You may inject insulin in any fatty part of the abdomen.  However, it’s recommended that you avoid a two inch diameter of space around the navel, as the tissue in that location does not allow for equal insulin absorption.  You will also want to avoid injecting near any moles or areas on your body where there is scar tissue.  The goal is to make your injections less painful, where these locations have the potential to increase the pain.

Availability of Wholesale 0.5 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” Insulin Syringes

US Medical Intl. welcomes wholesalers to contact one of our helpful customer service representatives for pricing on 0.5 ml/cc and wholesale 1 ml/cc 31G x 5/16” insulin syringes.  We’re happy to discuss your current and future needs for a steady and reliable supply of diabetic insulin syringes.  Our competitive pricing and top notch customer service will make doing business with us an enjoyable endeavor. 

Whether your needs are personal or you’re a wholesaler looking to find a dependable supplier, US Medical Intl. is the best supplier of MEDINT diabetic insulin syringes.  If you have any questions, please contact us by calling 305-468-3248 or submitting your question in a web form through our Contact Us page.  You may even chat with a live agent on our site to get more immediate help. 

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