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B-D ULTRA-FINE® II Short Needle syringes have a 30 gauge, 8mm (5/16 inch) needle, the thinnest and shortest needle available on a syringe. Most -- but not all -- people find the short needle syringe more comfortable than syringes that use a 29 gauge, 1/2 inch needle. If you regularly inject half units of insulin, you can get a 3/10 cc, short needle syringe with half-unit markings. This is ideal for young children who manage their diabetes using half units of insulin.

Young children are especially good candidates for this syringe, since they often have less body fat than older kids and adults. Infants are also good candidates, because they are so small. If you or your child has been using a syringe with a 29 gauge, 1/2 inch needle, you should consult with your doctor before making a change. You might notice absorption differences with the new needles. Also, you might notice more insulin leakage as you adapt your injection technique to the new, shorter needle. Because the needle on this syringe is so short, you should inject at a 90 degree angle to ensure that the insulin is injected properly.

B-D ULTRA-FINE II syringes cost about US$20 per 100, compared with US$14 per 100 for Monoject 29 gauge syringes. B-D syringes are available in 3/10, 1/2 and 1 cc sizes; come in a plastic package of 10 and are individually sterilized. Recommended for children with diabetes.

The table below shows photographs of the various sizes and needle lengths available in BD syringes. Click on the pictures for a larger image.

3/10 cc Syringes:
  • 31 G x 8 mm (5/16")
  • 31 G x 8 mm (5/16") 1/2 unit markings
  • 30 G x 12.7 mm (1/2")
  • 28 G x 12.7 mm (1/2")
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    1/2 cc Syringes
  • 31 G x 8 mm (5/16")
  • 30 G x 12.7 mm (1/2")
  • 28 G x 12.7 mm (1/2")
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    1 cc Syringes
  • 31 G x 8 mm (5/16")
  • 30 G 12.7 mm (1/2")
  • 28 G x 12.7 mm (1/2")
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    The reviews of products are the opinion of children with DIABETES. Each product is reviewed with a single purpose: to determine if the product is suitable for use by children with type 1 diabetes, their parents, and, to a lesser degree, adults with type 1 diabetes. There are many products aimed at adults with type 2 diabetes that are not appropriate or suitable for children or adults with type 1 diabetes.

    Updated February 22, 2004

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