your initial needle size selection can be important. Please
consult your physician or diabetes educator before making an initial selection
of needle size, length, or capacity.
general there are three factors to consider : accuracy of dosage, your comfort
level and quality (ie/. consistency) of product.
regard to accuracy, you should generally size your syringe to your maximum
injection dosage. For example, if you are taking 40 units per shot, you could
use a 0.5cc/50 unit syringe instead of a 100 cc one. The reason for this is that the markings are
wider apart on the smaller syringe.
Consequently it is generally easier to read a 35 unit dosage on a
0.5cc/50 unit syringe than on a 1cc/100 unit syringe. There is nothing wrong
with doing a 15 unit dosage on a 1cc/100 unit syringe, but remember, being
accurate with your dosage leads to better diabetes control.
regard to comfort level, generally the smaller the needle, the more
comfortable. The larger the gauge size,
the smaller the outside diameter, and therefore, the smaller the injection hole.
.Please note, that the standard length of the 28 gauge and 29 gauge
needle is ½ inch while the 30 gauge and 31 gauges (ie., smaller diameters) are
shorter. This shorter needle is required to prevent the much thinner needle
from bending. For some, there is positive
psychological impact to using a shorter needle, but generally most people
quickly find what works for them.
Quality is also a very important consideration
in considering needle manufacturers. If
there is variation in the manufacturing process, high gauge needles may be
difficulty drawing insulin. Other issues
might be needles coming without caps or excessive flex. At southeastern Medical Supply, we’ve access
various manufacturers products and feel that our suppliers consistently deliver