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The BD Ultra Fine Insulin Syringe is the #1 selling insulin syringe brand. A syringe is a simple reciprocating pump. Inside this pump is a plunger that fits tightly within a cylindrical tube, this tube is called a barrel. The plunger can be linearly pulled and pushed along the inside of the tube, this will allow the syringe to take in and expel medications. The BD Ultra Fine Insulin Syringe is used for injecting insulin into patients with diabetes. Insulin is used to help manage blood sugar in people with diabetes type 1 (cannot naturally produce insulin) and people with diabetes type 2 (cannot produce or use enough insulin naturally).

The BD Ultra Fine Insulin Syringe is available in a full range of needle lengths and barrel capacities:

½ cc 29G 1cc 29G ½ ½ cc 30G – Short 3/10cc 29G 3/10cc 30G – Short 1cc 30G – Short

CC = barrel in cubic centimeters G = Gauge, higher the G, the smaller the hole. For example, in most cases, 1 cc will hold as much as 100 units of insulin, ½ cc has a maximum capacity or 50 units of insulin, and 3/10 cc which will hold a maximum of 30 units of insulin.

Clean the area of skin you will be injecting the insulin before proceeding. We suggest you use BD Alcohol swabs. Gently pinch your skin, enough to make a fold. Use your thumb and first finger. Insert the needle. Do not hold it at an angle as it needs to go straight in. Ensure the needle is all the way in. Push the plunger down to inject the insulin. Keep it in place for 5 seconds afterward to ensure you got it all. Once you pull the needle out, apply pressure to the injection puncture for 5-10 seconds. Avoid rubbing the area. Discard of the used insulin needle. No need to recap the syringe before throwing it away.




Warning when using insulin;

Always inspect your insulin before using it. Rapid-acting, short-acting, and certain long-acting types should be clear while other forms may look cloudy (but shouldn't have clumps).

Do not shake your insulin. Shaking can cause air bubbles and reduce the amount of insulin when you withdrawal.

Some insulin reactions include;

  • tiredness
  • inability to speak
  • sweating
  • confusion
  • loss of consciousness
  • seizures
  • muscle
  • twitching
  • pale skin

Side Effects

The syringe itself carries no side effects however the insulin you use could cause:

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)              
  • Headache                                           
  • Flu-like symptoms          
  • Weight gain
  • More serious side effects;
  • Severe hypoglycemia    
  • Allergic reactions
  • Anaphylaxis


How are BD insulin syringes sterilized?

Cobalt  irradiation is used to sterilize the syringes.


Do they expire?

They do expire after about 5 years. Store in a temperate, dry area to achieve this time length.


Why is the needle length important?

It has been shown that short needles (6mm) reduce the risk of injecting into the muscle. In order for the body to successfully and consistently absorb insulin and to allow patients to manage their blood glucose levels, you have to avoid injecting into a muscle.


Can I reuse the syringes?

Unfortunately, these syringes have been made for single use only. Do not attempt to reuse a syringe.

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