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3 Way stopcock

How 3-way stop cock is beneficial?

The unique design of 3-way stop cock facilitates controlled and synchronous infusion of more than one fluid at a single time. It is leakproof, can withstand the pressure applied in normal procedures and has 360-degree smooth tap rotation.

What is a 3-way stopcock? How is it used in the field of medicine?

A 3-way stopcock is an auxiliary product used for intravenous transfusion of blood or medicinal fluids with the help of I.V. cannula.

What is a female luer lock port?

A 3-way stop cock has two female luer lock ports situated where delivery lines are connected.

What is a male luer lock port?

A 3-way stop cock has a male luer lock port situated at the side where the infusion device (I.V. Cannula) is connected.

What is a stopcock in medical terms?

A stopcock is a form of ball valve used to control the flow of a liquid or gas. There are several types of stopcocks, including needle valve, burette stopcocks, vacuum stopcocks, 1, 2 and 3-way stop cock.

AD Syringe

How are auto-disable syringes different from other syringes?

Auto Disable Syringe are Syringe that cannot be reused. They incorporate a mechanism to break or lock the plunger when the injection is given to make the syringe inoperable for being used for second time.

The role played by HMD to bring the AD Syringes in curative sector?

HMD has been educating Public Healthcare Officers of the need for injection safety via AD Syringes. Field staff of HMD have conducted CME Programmes w.r.t. the usage of Auto disable syringes & importance of AD Syringes for curative purpose in almost all the leading hospitals in India. As far as
govt. sector is concerned, HMD has regularly been participating in AD Syringes tenders of State Govt. HMD has been sending communication to the various state Govt. Officials, emphasizing on importance of AD Syringes for curative sector.

The state which gave more response for AD Syringes?

Karnataka, MP, Delhi, North East states, Orissa, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand have been more progressive and receptive to modernize.

What changes in techniques are necessary when using an auto-disable syringes?
  • Do not push the plunger forward to avoid activating the Reuse mechanism.
  • Draw back the plunger only once.
  • It’s not necessary to aspirate when injecting EPI Vaccines.
What is company’s expectation in regard to growth and Govt. Policies?

As AD Syringe is primary targeted for public healthcare consumption initially, the growth is dependent upon Government policies. If the Government is smart and willing to invest for the long term benefit in preventive healthcare to reduce noscomial infections they will see the benefits of this technology. Radial tyres are more expensive than Nylon Tyres. They however last much longer so smart consumer buy them as they are more cost effective.

if Government wants to reduce the ALS (Average Length of Stay) of patients in hospitals and save money – AD Syringes is good starting point to bring about change as SPI (Safer Patient Initiative)

What is so unique about these products?

Auto Disable syringe is a syringe that cannot be reused. It incorporates a mechanism to automatically break or lock the plunger as the injection is being given to make the syringe inoperable for possibly being used for a second time

What was the obstacles faced by HMD to bring & popularize the AD Syringe in India?
  • Exploding the myth of high prices and unaffordability.
  • Exploding the myth of lack of adequate availability and capacity
  • Exploding the myth of ‘Hospital Waste Management’ as a substitute for ‘AD Syringes Deployment’ for ensuring injection safety through non reuse.
  • Denial of the problem of Reuse of Syringes in public and private healthcare institutes and of unsafe injection practices
When did AD Syringes first time enter the India?

AD Syringes were used in immunization projects by UNICEF/PATH even prior to 2000. For curative injections HMD introduced AD Syringes first time in India in the year 2002

Which Syringes have the lowest risk of re-use?

Auto Disable Syringe cannot be reused.

Blades & Scalpel

Are Glass Van and Technocut surgical blades affordable?

Yes, Glass Van and Technocut surgical blades are generally considered affordable. However, prices can vary based on specific models and suppliers.

Are there disposable scalpels available?

Yes, disposable scalpels are available for medical and surgical use.

Can we use a scalpel blade for multiple procedures?

No, scalpel blades should generally not be reused for multiple procedures due to infection risk and reduced cutting effectiveness. The scalpel handle can be used multiple times with different blades.

How are surgical blades sterilized?

The best practice to sterilize Surgical blades is through Gamma radiation.

How do I choose the right scalpel blade for a specific procedure?

Consider the procedure’s requirements and characteristics to select the appropriate scalpel blade based on the size, shape, and sharpness needed.

How sharp are surgical blades compared to utility blades?

Surgical blades are generally sharper than utility blades.

How sharp are surgical blades?

Surgical blades are extremely sharp and ought to be handled carefully.

What are scalpels and blades?

Scalpels are surgical instruments used for precise cutting in medical procedures. Blades are the removable, sharp cutting edges that attach to the handle of a scalpel.

What is the difference between a scalpel and a blade?

A scalpel is a surgical instrument with a handle and a replaceable, sharp-edged blade used for cutting in medical procedures. A blade, on the other hand, refers to the sharp-edged cutting component of various tools or instruments, including the blade of a scalpel.

What types of blades are commonly used in surgical procedures?

Commonly used blades in surgical procedures include scalpel blades, which are available in various shapes and sizes for different purposes.

Blood Collection Needle

Are blood collection needles reusable or disposable?

Blood collection needles are typically disposable. They are designed for single-use to ensure safety and hygiene and minimise the risk of contamination or infection during blood collection procedures.

Are Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles color-coded for different sizes?

Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles are color-coded according to size, which helps healthcare professionals quickly identify the appropriate needle size for specific applications.

Can Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles be used for multiple blood draws?

No, Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles are intended for single use only. Reusing needles can increase the risk of contamination and infection and spread of diseases including HIV, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B

How are Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles sterilised?

Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles undergo sterilization using ethylene oxide, a widely used method to ensure the needles are free from microorganisms.

How do blood collection needles work?

Blood collection needles are inserted into a patient’s vein to draw blood. The needle punctures the skin and penetrates the vein, allowing blood to flow into a collection tube or container.

What are blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles are medical devices that collect blood samples from patients for diagnostic testing, laboratory analysis, and medical procedures.

What are the advantages of closed Blood Collection system?

The advantages of using Vaku-8 closed Blood Collection system are the following

  • Patient-friendly as multiple samples can be collected using a single prick
  • More accurate results
  • Less possibility of contamination
  • Enhanced Safety for healthcare workers
  • Convenient as is less time-consuming.
  • Less possibility of haemolysis
What are the safety features of blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles often feature safety mechanisms such as needle guards or retractable designs that help minimise the risk of accidental needlestick injuries and ensure safe disposal after use.

What sizes are available for blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles come in various sizes, typically measured by gauge and length. Common gauge sizes range from 18G (larger diameter) to 25G (smaller diameter), while lengths vary based on the intended use and patient groups.

Blood Collection System

Are there any disposable options for blood collection sets?

Yes, there are disposable options available for blood collection sets.

Are there any disposal guidelines for used Vaku-8 products?

Yes, dispose of used Vaku-8 products in designated sharps containers following safety guidelines and local regulations.

Are there any specific precautions when using Vaku-8 products?

Yes, using Vaku-8 products requires adherence to standard safety protocols and manufacturer guidelines for safe and effective blood collection.

How are blood collection products used in healthcare?

Blood collection products in healthcare are used to collect blood samples from patients for diagnostic testing, medical procedures, and research purposes. They enable safe and sterile blood sampling, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions.

How do safety blood collection sets reduce the risk of accidents?

Safety blood collection sets reduce the risk of accidents by incorporating features such as needle SIP Shield and safety locks that help shield healthcare professionals from accidental needle pricks during and after blood collection procedures.

How should Vaku-8 needles be safely disposed of after use?

Vaku-8 needles should be safely disposed of after use by placing them in a designated sharps container to prevent accidental injuries.

What are blood collection products?

Blood collection products are medical devices and equipment used in healthcare settings to collect and handle blood samples for various purposes, including diagnostic testing, medical procedures, and research. These products include items such as needles, tubes, winged infusion sets, and other apparatus designed to ensure the safe and efficient collection of blood samples from patients.

What are HMD’s main products for blood collection?

HMD offers a range of high-quality blood collection products, including blood collection needles, winged infusion sets, and tubes, all under their proprietary brand called Vaku 8.

What are the advantages of using Vaku-8 blood sampling tubes?

HMD’s Vaku-8 evacuated blood sampling collection tubes are designed to collect blood directly into the tube during the venipuncture procedure and is a closed system, so it’s easy to use, enable quality capillary blood sample collection and reduces the risk of blood exposure to the phlebotomist. They are available for both haematology and chemistry applications and are color-coded according to their intended use.

What are Vaku-8 tubes designed for?

Vaku-8 tubes are designed for vacuum blood sampling and are used to collect high-quality capillary blood samples in a closed system. The tubes assist in collection of accurate blood samples for multiple test using a single prick.

What makes HMD’s Vaku-8 winged set unique?

HMD’s Vaku-8 blood collection winged set are designed with a short bevel to reduce the risk of cross-vein perforation. They also have thin walls to improve flow rate during butterfly needle blood draws to pave way for improved flow rate of blood

What protective features do Vaku-8 needles have?

Vaku-8 needles have protective top and lower needle covers that safeguard the needle from damage and help reduce the risk of injury during and after use.

What sizes are available for Vaku 8 winged sets?

Vaku 8 winged sets are available in 21G,23G,24G and 25G gauges and in multiple lengths.

What types of blood collection procedures are Vaku-8 needles suitable for?

Vaku-8 needles are suitable for various blood collection procedures, including venipuncture and capillary blood sampling.

Why are disposable tubes and needles used?

Disposable tubes and needles are used for hygiene and safety. They eliminate the risk of infection and cross-contamination, as they are discarded after a single use, reducing the potential for disease transmission and ensuring patient safety.

Why should I use a winged blood collection system over a Blood collection needle?

For critically ill patients, for children and elderly patients where it is difficult to locate veins and for added support of movement.

Disposable Syringes

Are single-use syringes available in different sizes?

Yes, single-use syringes are available in different sizes, The size of the barrel determines how much medication a syringe can hold, and the needle gauge determines the needle thickness. Thinner needles may be more comfortable to inject for some people.

Are single-use syringes safe?

Yes, single-use syringes ensure safety when used correctly. These syringes undergo rigorous manufacturing processes adhering to strict quality control standards. They are designed for one-time use to minimize the risk of contamination or infection.

Can single-use syringes be used more than once?

No. Single-use syringes are designed for one-time use only. Reuse can lead to the spread of blood-borne illnesses and skin diseases.

Can single-use syringes be used with different types of needles?

Yes, different types of needles can work with single-use syringes. Single-use syringes have a standard Luer slip or Luer lock connection that enables the attachment of different kinds and sizes of needles.

Can you sterilise single-use syringes?

No, single-use syringes are not meant to be used once. Hence they are dispensed after proper sterilization They are typically made of substances that might not tolerate sterilization, including intense heat or harsh chemicals. (No, single-use syringes are meant to be used once only. Hence they are dispensed after proper sterilization)

How do single-use syringes work?

Single-use syringes consist of a plastic barrel, plunger, and needle. The plunger is first pulled back to draw the medication into the barrel and deliver the drug through the needle.

What are single-use syringes made of?

Single-use syringes are typically made of polypropylene, which is transparent, durable, and chemical-resistant. The plungers and needles are made of stainless steel or other metals, ensuring strength and sharpness for effective injections (need to be changed). Typically syringes are made up of three parts: barrel, plunger, and needle. The barrels and plungers are made up of non-toxic, medical-grade polypropylene and the needle is made up of stainless steel.  

What are the benefits of using single-use syringes?

Single-use syringes enhance patient care and healthcare practices by reducing the risk of infection and cross-contamination.

Whether it is acceptable to re-use contaminated single-use syringes?

Never

Why are single-use syringes important in healthcare?

Single-use syringes are essential in the healthcare field for several reasons. These syringes are designed for single use to stop the spread of diseases by facilitating vaccination for both immunization and curative fields. They promote patient safety by reducing the risk of contamination and needlestick injuries.

Why are syringes single-use only?

Syringes are designed to be used only once to reduce the risk of (infection and) cross-contamination. The single-use syringes (are dispensed after proper sterilization). So, they ensure the highest level of safety and hygiene during medical procedures.

I.V C

Are I.V. cannulas painful?

The insertion of an I.V. cannula can cause some discomfort, but the level of pain varies among individuals and among various brands of I.V. cannulas.

What are the types of IV cannulas?

There are three types of I.V.cannula

  • Central line I.V. Cannula – This one goes into larger veins closer to the heart. It’s for serious treatments or long-term use.
  • Peripheral I.V. Cannula – This is the common one you see in arms or hands. It’s for shorter treatments and goes into smaller veins.
  • Midline Catheter. – It’s a bit longer than the peripheral one but doesn’t go as deep as the central line. It’s used when treatment lasts a bit longer than usual.
What is another name for a cannula?

Another name for a cannula is an Intravenous I.V. Catheter.

What is I.V. Cannula insertion chart?

An I.V. Cannula insertion chart is a visual reference tool used by medical professionals to determine the appropriate size and length of cannula to use for intravenous access based on factors like patient age, vein condition, and intended purpose.

What is IV cannulation?

Intravenous (IV) cannulation is a medical procedure in which a thin, flexible tube (cannula) is inserted into a vein to administer fluids, medications, or blood products directly into the bloodstream.

What is the difference between I.V. Cannula and Cannula?

The main difference between an IV Cannula and a regular Cannula lies in their application and design. While both may have a stainless steel body and are found in needles, syringes, etc., an IV Cannula specifically refers to a type of cannula used for intravenous administration, designed with features suitable for delivering medications, fluids, or drawing blood directly into a vein. On the other hand, a general cannula is a broader term encompassing various types used in medical procedures beyond just intravenous applications.

What is the difference between I.V. Cannula and Catheter?

IV Cannula and Catheter are both medical devices used for different purposes:

IV Cannula: It’s a thin, flexible tube inserted into a vein to administer fluids, and medications, or draw blood. It remains in place for short-term use.

Catheter: Catheters are flexible tubes used to manage drainage or introduce fluids into various body cavities or vessels. They can be used in veins, arteries, urinary tract, or other parts of the body, and they come in various types for different functions.

The main difference lies in their purposes: IV cannulas are specifically for intravenous access, while catheters have a broader application for drainage or introduction of fluids into different parts of the body.

What is the largest cannula?

The largest cannula typically used in medical procedures is a 14-gauge cannula.

What is the size of I.V. cannula?

IV cannulas come in various sizes typically measured by gauge. Common sizes range from 14 to 24 gauge, with 20,22 and 24G gauge being the most commonly used sizes in clinical practice.

What is the smallest I.V. Cannula?

The smallest I.V. cannula typically used is a 27-gauge cannula.

Which cannula is mostly used?

The most commonly used cannula is the peripheral intravenous (IV) cannula.

Which I.V. cannula is used for child?

The Cathy Neo and Cathula Neo in 24G and 26G are specially designed intravenous (IV) cannulas suitable for pediatric patients. These cannulas are crafted with smaller gauges and sizes to accommodate the delicate veins and smaller bodies of children. Their design focuses on minimizing discomfort and reducing the risk of complications during IV procedures with a blood flashback feature that promotes easy insertion making it suitable for pediatric patients.

Which I.V. cannula used for blood transfusion?

The type of IV cannula typically used for blood transfusions is a larger gauge cannula, such as 18G or larger, to accommodate the flow rate required for transfusing blood products. Specific brands like Kitkath, Kitkath Plus, Cathy and Cathy Plus are good options. Cathy Plus and Cathula plus comes with added Sip-Clip and Tip-clip benefit that prevents needlestick injuries to healthcare workers.

I.V Cannulas

Are I.V. cannulas suitable for both adults and children?

Yes, I.V. cannulas are suitable for both adults and children. Moreover, there are special IV cannulas for children. HMD manufactures Cathy +Neo and Cathula + Neo assist with the same.

Can I.V. cannulas be used for blood sampling?

Yes, I.V. cannulas can be used for blood sampling.

Difference between 1 way & 2 way I.V.Cannula.

2 way I.V.Cannula has integrated side port through which second line of medication is possible, while in 1 way I.V.Cannula only one port is present for drug delivery.

How is an I.V. cannula removed? Is it painful?

An I.V. cannula is typically removed by gently pulling it out from the insertion site. The process is usually not painful, but some individuals might feel a slight discomfort or a brief pinch during removal.

How long can the I.V. Cannula stay in the body?

Normally, I.V.Cannula can stay in the body from 24 to 48 hours after insertion, Instances of 48 – 96 hours has also been reported of Cannulation without Thrombophlebitis

What are the advantages of using safety cannulas in healthcare settings?

The advantages of using safety cannulas in healthcare settings include reduced needlestick injuries, improved healthcare worker safety, and minimized risk of bloodborne infections.

What are the common uses of I.V. cannulas in medical treatment?

I.V. cannulas are commonly used in medical treatment for intravenous (IV) therapy, which includes fluid administration, medication delivery, blood transfusions, and monitoring patients’ vital signs

What are the different brands of I.V. cannulas offered by HMD?

HMD offers three proprietary brands – Kitkath, Cathy, and Cathula

What are the different sizes of I.V. cannulas available?

I.V. cannulas are available in various sizes, typically ranging from 16G to 26G. They are available with and without injection port

What is an I.V. cannula, and what are its uses?

An I.V. cannula consists of a small, flexible tube known as catheter through an introducer needle inserted into a patient’s vein to provide a pathway for delivering fluids, medications, and other treatments directly into the bloodstream. Its primary use is for intravenous therapy, allowing healthcare professionals to administer fluids, nutrients, medications, and blood products efficiently and directly into the patient’s circulatory system.

What is the purpose of the winged or “butterfly” design on some I.V. cannulas?

The winged or “butterfly” design on some I.V. cannulas is intended to provide easier control and stability during insertion into a patient’s vein, especially for procedures that require precise placement or quick access.

What’s the difference between a safety and non-safety I.V. cannula?

A safety IV cannula incorporates features to reduce the risk of accidental needlestick injuries, while a non-safety IV cannula lacks these safety mechanisms.

Why is an I.V. cannula used in medical treatments?

I.V. cannula is used in medical treatments to deliver fluids, medications, and nutrients directly into a patient’s bloodstream, enabling rapid and controlled administration.

Insulin Syringes

Are there any side effects associated with using an insulin syringe?

Using an insulin syringe typically does not cause significant side effects. However, improper injection technique can lead to complications such as mild discomfort, redness, or bruising at the injection site. Following proper injection techniques and consulting with a healthcare professional if you experience persistent or concerning side effects is crucial.

Are there any special storage requirements for insulin syringes?

Here are general tips for storing insulin:

  • Keep insulin out of direct sunlight and heat
  • Store opened insulin bottles or pens at a 15°C to 30°C room temperature
  • Dispose of insulin 28 days after opening it
  • Unopened insulin should be kept refrigerated at a temperature between 2°C and 8°C
  • Always ensure to check the expiration date before using insulin
Can I use an insulin syringe for other medications?

Insulin syringes are specifically designed for injecting insulin and may not be suitable for other medications. It is best to consult your healthcare provider to choose the appropriate syringe for specific medications.

Difference between 1 ml Insulin & Tuberculin Syringe.

1 ml, Insulin Syringe are of two types – U 40 & U-100 Insulin Syringes. Iin U- 40 Insulin Syringes markings on the barrel are upto 40 Units, while in U-100 markings are upto 100 Units.

While in case of 1 ml Tuberculin Syringes the markings are in upto 1 ml. The above mentioned different markings are based on medication dosage prescribed to the patient.

How do I choose the right insulin syringe size?

To determine the ideal insulin syringe size, you need to consider two factors: your prescribed insulin dosage and the markings on the syringe.

A larger syringe with a higher capacity may be appropriate if your dosage is high. Conversely, a smaller syringe with finer markings may be more suitable if your dosage is low.

How many times can we use an insulin syringe?

Insulin syringes are specifically intended for one-time use. Using a new, sterile syringe for each injection is advisable to maintain hygiene and lower the risk of infection.

How many types of insulin syringes are available in the market?

There are several types of insulin syringes available in the market. The most popular types are syringes marked U-100, and U-40. U-100 syringes are designed for insulin with a concentration of 100 units per milliliter, while U-40 are used for insulin with 40 units per milliliter.

How many units are in an insulin syringe?

Most syringes come in measures of 30 units (30 ml), 50 units (0.5 ml), and 100 units (1 ml). These measurements refer to the barrel size of the insulin and how much insulin the syringe can hold.

How should insulin syringes be disposed of?

Insulin syringes should be disposed of in a sharps container to avoid punctures. Do not dispose of them in regular trash or recycling bins prone to punctures to reduce the risk of accidental needlestick injuries.

What are some facts about insulin syringes?

Some interesting facts about insulin syringes are as follows:

  1. Insulin syringes are specifically designed for administering insulin to diabetes patients.
  2. These syringes are available in different sizes, ranging from 0.3 ml, 0.5 ml & 1 ml.
  3. They have an extra fine needle available in 29, 30, and 31G and a calibrated barrel to measure insulin units accurately In U-40 and U-100.
  4. Proper disposal of used insulin syringes is essential to prevent contamination and accidental needlestick injuries.
What is the needle gauge for insulin syringes?

The needle gauge for insulin syringes typically ranges from 29 to 31G. The gauge refers to the thickness or diameter of the needle. While thicker needles may deliver insulin more quickly, thinner needles might be more comfortable.

Pen Needle

Are Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles sterile?

Yes, Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles manufactured by HMD are sterilised by Ethylene Oxide. Sterility is essential to maintain the safety and effectiveness of insulin injections. Using sterile needles helps prevent infections and ensures the medication’s integrity.

Are HMD’s insulin pen needles patient-friendly?

Yes, HMD’s insulin pen needles are designed to be patient friendly because of its top cap which can only be removed once its attached to a pen and not without. Moreover, it has the following features:

  1. Less pain during penetration and withdrawal
  2. Affordable
  3. Universal size
  4. Easy availability
Can Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles be used with any brand of insulin pen?

Yes, Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles are designed with a universal fit to be compatible with all Insulin Pens. Whether you use a specific brand or model of insulin pen, you can safely and effectively use Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles for insulin administration.

Do Dispo Van single-use pen needles minimise pain during insulin injections?

Yes, Dispo Van single-use pen needles are thin-walled, has ergonomic shape, multi-bevel tapered point and flat base design which helps to minimise pain during insulin injections. The design focuses on improving the flow of medication while reducing patient discomfort.

How do insulin pen needles work?

Insulin pen needles are disposable attachments that are screwed onto an insulin pen. They are used to administer insulin to diabetic patients. The needles have a fine and thin design, allowing for smooth penetration into the skin and accurate insulin delivery.

How often should insulin pen needles be replaced?

Insulin pen needles should be replaced after every injection of insulin. Reusing a pen needle can lead to complications such as pain, bleeding, bruising, and potentially developing lumpy fat tissue.

What are insulin pen needles?

Insulin pen needles are small, disposable needles specifically designed for use with insulin pens. They are used to deliver insulin subcutaneously, providing a convenient and accurate method for diabetic patients to administer their insulin doses.

What are the features of Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles?

Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles offered by HMD have extra-thin walls and ergonomic shape for improved grip and skin contact. They are designed to be easy to adjust, handle and provide quick, comfortable insertion, and accurate insulin delivery. They are also compatible with all Insulin Pens due to their universal fit design.

What size needle is used for an insulin pen?

Insulin pen needles are typically available in lengths ranging from 4,5,6,8 &12.7 millimeters (mm) in 31 & 32 gauges. The specific size of the needle for insulin pens may vary based on individual needs and preferences.

Why should I use single-use pen needles for insulin administration?

Using single-use pen needles for insulin administration is important to maintain hygiene, reduce the risk of infections, and ensure accurate insulin delivery. Reusing pen needles can lead to pain, bleeding, bruising, and other complications such as skin diseases.

Safety Needle

How do you activate the safety needle?

After removing the needle from the patient, you must activate the safety mechanism by pushing the lever arm forward until the needle tip is completely covered and press the cover against a hard surface until you hear a click sound. It can be activated using one hand.

How does a safety needle work?

A safety needle comes with a built-in safety mechanism. Once the fluid or medication is injected into a patient’s body, users need to close the needle cover and activate the locking mechanism by pressing the cover cap on to a hard surface. This will protect the users from accidental needle stick injuries and also
prevent the reuse of needles.

What is an example of a safer needle device?

Dispojekt Safety Needle with SIP designed by HMD is a classic yet modern example of a safe needle device. Designed keeping in mind the safety of medical workers, the safety needles come with a unique locking mechanism to prevent accidental needle stick injuries.

What is the purpose of a safety needle?

A safety needle protects patients and healthcare workers from needlestick injuries and further prevents the spread of blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.

Why are safety needles important?

Healthcare professionals worldwide sustain occupational hazards such as needlestick injuries that can lead to life-threatening diseases. The use of safety needles reduces the risk of exposure to blood-borne diseases and ensures the safety of healthcare workers and patients.

Safety Scalp Vein Sets

What is a scalp vein set used for?

Scalp vein set are especially designed for venepuncture to ensure minimum discomfort to patients during infusion. In addition, the scalp vein sets are also used for injecting small volumes of medication, blood derivatives, blood sampling, irrigation of wound and saline injection. HMD offers state-of-the-art scalp vein sets from two trusted brands-Scalpvan and Unolok.

Scalp Vein Set

Can Scalp Van sets be used for blood perfusion?

No, Scalp Van sets are not typically used for blood perfusion.

How do scalp vein sets enhance patient comfort?

Scalp vein sets enhance patient comfort by providing a less painful and more efficient method for accessing veins, especially in pediatric and difficult cases. The smaller size of scalp veins reduces discomfort during insertion, making it less traumatic for patients.

How long is a scalp vein set needle?

A scalp vein set needle is typically around 0.75 to 1.25 inches (20 to 32 millimeters) in length.

What are scalp vein infusion sets?

Scalp vein infusion sets are medical devices designed for intravenous (IV) access in infants and young children. They allow healthcare professionals to administer fluids, and medications, or draw blood by accessing the veins on the scalp.

What are the different types of scalp vein sets?

The different types of scalp vein sets include short peripheral scalp catheters and winged scalp needles.

What are the key features of HMD’s Scalp Van scalp vein sets?

The key features of HMD’s Scalp Van scalp vein sets include:

  1. Ultra-thin catheter for comfortable insertion
  2. Winged design for easy handling and secure placement
  3. Color-coded sizes for quick identification
  4. Flexible tubing to minimize patient movement restrictions
What are the sizes of the scalp vein set?

The sizes of scalp vein sets typically range from 18 to 27 gauge.

What is another name for the scalp vein set?

Another name for the scalp vein set is a “butterfly needle” or a “winged infusion set.”

What is the color code for the scalp vein set?

It is related to Gauge as per ISO standards.

What makes Unolok + butterfly needles different from standard needles?

Unolok + butterfly needles have flexible wings and a built-in safety mechanism, offering improved stability during venipuncture and reducing the risk of needlestick injuries.

What needle is used for the scalp vein?

A butterfly needle is commonly used for the scalp vein.

Single Use Needle

Are single-use hypodermic needles available in different sizes?

Single-use needles are available in various sizes to accommodate medical procedures and patient needs. Manufacturers often offer a range of needle sizes to meet specific requirements.

Are single-use hypodermic needles compatible with all medications?

Yes, single-use hypodermic needles manufactured by HMD are designed to be compatible with all medications. The needle hub is made up of non-toxic medical-grade polypropylene ensuring compatibility and safety.

Can single-use hypodermic needles be recycled or reused?

Single-use needles are designed for one-time use and should not be recycled or reused. They are intended to prevent contamination and ensure patient safety. Proper disposal of single-use needles is crucial to maintain hygiene and prevent spreading infections.

Can these single-use hypodermic needles be used for both blood collection and medication administration?

Yes, Dispo Van and Unolok Single-Use Needles can be used for blood collection and medication administration. They are versatile and designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in various clinical settings.

How do single-use hypodermic needles ensure safety?

Single-use needles are manufactured and packaged using automated processes, minimizing errors and ensuring consistent quality. Tip of the needle has a thin wall and needle is well-siliconized to reduce friction for smooth penetration and withdrawal.

How should single-use hypodermic needles be disposed off?

Single-use needles should be properly disposed off in a puncture-resistant sharps containers or a safety box. These containers are designed to safely hold used needles and prevent accidental injuries. It is also essential to follow local regulations and guidelines for medical waste disposal.

What are single-use hypodermic needles?

Single-use hypodermic needles are disposable medical needles designed to be used once and disposed off.

What brands of single-use hypodermic needles are available?

HMD offers single-use needles under two brands: Dispo Van and Unolok. The former is luer mount whereas the letter is for luer lock

Why is it important to use single-use hypodermic needles?

Using single-use hypodermic needles is crucial for maintaining patient safety and for preventing the spread of infections. Reusing needles can lead to cross-contamination and the transmission of blood-borne diseases, posing a significant risk to both patients and healthcare professionals.

Tube

Are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes endotoxin free?

No, HMD Vaku-8 does not claim that any of the HMD Vaku 8 Blood Collection Tubes are endotoxin free.

Are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes sterile?

Yes, HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes have a sterile interior. Tubes are sterilised by gamma irradiation.

Can HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes be re-sterilised, for introduction into a sterile field?

HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes are irradiated to achieve sterility. These tubes are sterile on the interior only. We do not recommend re-sterilising the tubes.

Do HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes expire at the beginning or end of the month?

The expiration date on the tube label is stated as a Year/Month. The tubes can be used till the end of the month of its expiry.

Do you plan to launch more device products in the future and what will so special about those products?

We have recently introduced evacuated Blood Collection Tubes to ensure safe collection of Blood and for enabling accurate and reliable automated testing – this is the future for diagnosis for preventive healthcare

Does HMD offer a plain plastic tube, without clot activator?

Yes, we do offer no-additive plastic tubes.

How are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes packaged?

HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes are packaged with 100 tubes/polystyrene tray and 1,000 tubes/case (10 trays).

How should expired HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes be disposed of?

Local waste collectors should be consulted to see what the proper method of disposal is for unused, expired blood collection products.

What are the correct number of inversions for the various HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes?

An inversion is one complete turn of the wrist, 180 degrees, and back. Tubes should be inverted according to the following recommendations:

  • SST and serum tubes – 5 inversions
  • Additive tubes (EDTA, heparin, etc) – 8-10 inversions
  • Sodium citrate tubes (blue top) – 3-4 inversions
What are the recommended storage conditions for Blood Collection Tube?

The Blood Collection Tubes should be stored at cool a place, exposure to excessive heat should be avoided.

What coatings layer the walls of HMD Vaku-8 Serum and SST tubes?

HMD Vaku-8 Serum and SST tubes are coated with silicon and micronized silica particles to accelerate clotting. A silicon coating reduces adherence of red cells to tube walls. The silica coating can sometimes cause the inner tube wall to appear cloudy and/or filmy. This cloudy appearance is normal and does not affect use.

What type of material is used to produce HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes?

HMD Vaku-8 Tubes are made of a special formulation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This special formulation is extremely strong, dimensionally stable, and resistant to chemicals and breakage.

Winged

What is a winged infusion set used for?

A winged infusion set, also known as a Butterfly IV, by HMD is designed to administer fluids, drugs as well as for blood sampling with the help of a surgically implanted vascular port. The winged infusion set is made from non-toxic, medical-grade PVC compounds to ensure ease of use and safety. Vaku8 is one of the top and best brands of blood collection tube offered by HMD.

How 3-way stop cock is beneficial?

The unique design of 3-way stop cock facilitates controlled and synchronous infusion of more than one fluid at a single time. It is leakproof, can withstand the pressure applied in normal procedures and has 360-degree smooth tap rotation.

What is a 3-way stopcock? How is it used in the field of medicine?

A 3-way stopcock is an auxiliary product used for intravenous transfusion of blood or medicinal fluids with the help of I.V. cannula.

What is a female luer lock port?

A 3-way stop cock has two female luer lock ports situated where delivery lines are connected.

What is a male luer lock port?

A 3-way stop cock has a male luer lock port situated at the side where the infusion device (I.V. Cannula) is connected.

What is a stopcock in medical terms?

A stopcock is a form of ball valve used to control the flow of a liquid or gas. There are several types of stopcocks, including needle valve, burette stopcocks, vacuum stopcocks, 1, 2 and 3-way stop cock.

How are auto-disable syringes different from other syringes?

Auto Disable Syringe are Syringe that cannot be reused. They incorporate a mechanism to break or lock the plunger when the injection is given to make the syringe inoperable for being used for second time.

The role played by HMD to bring the AD Syringes in curative sector?

HMD has been educating Public Healthcare Officers of the need for injection safety via AD Syringes. Field staff of HMD have conducted CME Programmes w.r.t. the usage of Auto disable syringes & importance of AD Syringes for curative purpose in almost all the leading hospitals in India. As far as
govt. sector is concerned, HMD has regularly been participating in AD Syringes tenders of State Govt. HMD has been sending communication to the various state Govt. Officials, emphasizing on importance of AD Syringes for curative sector.

The state which gave more response for AD Syringes?

Karnataka, MP, Delhi, North East states, Orissa, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand have been more progressive and receptive to modernize.

What changes in techniques are necessary when using an auto-disable syringes?
  • Do not push the plunger forward to avoid activating the Reuse mechanism.
  • Draw back the plunger only once.
  • It’s not necessary to aspirate when injecting EPI Vaccines.
What is company’s expectation in regard to growth and Govt. Policies?

As AD Syringe is primary targeted for public healthcare consumption initially, the growth is dependent upon Government policies. If the Government is smart and willing to invest for the long term benefit in preventive healthcare to reduce noscomial infections they will see the benefits of this technology. Radial tyres are more expensive than Nylon Tyres. They however last much longer so smart consumer buy them as they are more cost effective.

if Government wants to reduce the ALS (Average Length of Stay) of patients in hospitals and save money – AD Syringes is good starting point to bring about change as SPI (Safer Patient Initiative)

What is so unique about these products?

Auto Disable syringe is a syringe that cannot be reused. It incorporates a mechanism to automatically break or lock the plunger as the injection is being given to make the syringe inoperable for possibly being used for a second time

What was the obstacles faced by HMD to bring & popularize the AD Syringe in India?
  • Exploding the myth of high prices and unaffordability.
  • Exploding the myth of lack of adequate availability and capacity
  • Exploding the myth of ‘Hospital Waste Management’ as a substitute for ‘AD Syringes Deployment’ for ensuring injection safety through non reuse.
  • Denial of the problem of Reuse of Syringes in public and private healthcare institutes and of unsafe injection practices
When did AD Syringes first time enter the India?

AD Syringes were used in immunization projects by UNICEF/PATH even prior to 2000. For curative injections HMD introduced AD Syringes first time in India in the year 2002

Which Syringes have the lowest risk of re-use?

Auto Disable Syringe cannot be reused.

Are Glass Van and Technocut surgical blades affordable?

Yes, Glass Van and Technocut surgical blades are generally considered affordable. However, prices can vary based on specific models and suppliers.

Are there disposable scalpels available?

Yes, disposable scalpels are available for medical and surgical use.

Can we use a scalpel blade for multiple procedures?

No, scalpel blades should generally not be reused for multiple procedures due to infection risk and reduced cutting effectiveness. The scalpel handle can be used multiple times with different blades.

How are surgical blades sterilized?

The best practice to sterilize Surgical blades is through Gamma radiation.

How do I choose the right scalpel blade for a specific procedure?

Consider the procedure’s requirements and characteristics to select the appropriate scalpel blade based on the size, shape, and sharpness needed.

How sharp are surgical blades compared to utility blades?

Surgical blades are generally sharper than utility blades.

How sharp are surgical blades?

Surgical blades are extremely sharp and ought to be handled carefully.

What are scalpels and blades?

Scalpels are surgical instruments used for precise cutting in medical procedures. Blades are the removable, sharp cutting edges that attach to the handle of a scalpel.

What is the difference between a scalpel and a blade?

A scalpel is a surgical instrument with a handle and a replaceable, sharp-edged blade used for cutting in medical procedures. A blade, on the other hand, refers to the sharp-edged cutting component of various tools or instruments, including the blade of a scalpel.

What types of blades are commonly used in surgical procedures?

Commonly used blades in surgical procedures include scalpel blades, which are available in various shapes and sizes for different purposes.

Are blood collection needles reusable or disposable?

Blood collection needles are typically disposable. They are designed for single-use to ensure safety and hygiene and minimise the risk of contamination or infection during blood collection procedures.

Are Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles color-coded for different sizes?

Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles are color-coded according to size, which helps healthcare professionals quickly identify the appropriate needle size for specific applications.

Can Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles be used for multiple blood draws?

No, Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles are intended for single use only. Reusing needles can increase the risk of contamination and infection and spread of diseases including HIV, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B

How are Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles sterilised?

Vaku-8 Blood Collection Needles undergo sterilization using ethylene oxide, a widely used method to ensure the needles are free from microorganisms.

How do blood collection needles work?

Blood collection needles are inserted into a patient’s vein to draw blood. The needle punctures the skin and penetrates the vein, allowing blood to flow into a collection tube or container.

What are blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles are medical devices that collect blood samples from patients for diagnostic testing, laboratory analysis, and medical procedures.

What are the advantages of closed Blood Collection system?

The advantages of using Vaku-8 closed Blood Collection system are the following

  • Patient-friendly as multiple samples can be collected using a single prick
  • More accurate results
  • Less possibility of contamination
  • Enhanced Safety for healthcare workers
  • Convenient as is less time-consuming.
  • Less possibility of haemolysis
What are the safety features of blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles often feature safety mechanisms such as needle guards or retractable designs that help minimise the risk of accidental needlestick injuries and ensure safe disposal after use.

What sizes are available for blood collection needles?

Blood collection needles come in various sizes, typically measured by gauge and length. Common gauge sizes range from 18G (larger diameter) to 25G (smaller diameter), while lengths vary based on the intended use and patient groups.

Are there any disposable options for blood collection sets?

Yes, there are disposable options available for blood collection sets.

Are there any disposal guidelines for used Vaku-8 products?

Yes, dispose of used Vaku-8 products in designated sharps containers following safety guidelines and local regulations.

Are there any specific precautions when using Vaku-8 products?

Yes, using Vaku-8 products requires adherence to standard safety protocols and manufacturer guidelines for safe and effective blood collection.

How are blood collection products used in healthcare?

Blood collection products in healthcare are used to collect blood samples from patients for diagnostic testing, medical procedures, and research purposes. They enable safe and sterile blood sampling, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions.

How do safety blood collection sets reduce the risk of accidents?

Safety blood collection sets reduce the risk of accidents by incorporating features such as needle SIP Shield and safety locks that help shield healthcare professionals from accidental needle pricks during and after blood collection procedures.

How should Vaku-8 needles be safely disposed of after use?

Vaku-8 needles should be safely disposed of after use by placing them in a designated sharps container to prevent accidental injuries.

What are blood collection products?

Blood collection products are medical devices and equipment used in healthcare settings to collect and handle blood samples for various purposes, including diagnostic testing, medical procedures, and research. These products include items such as needles, tubes, winged infusion sets, and other apparatus designed to ensure the safe and efficient collection of blood samples from patients.

What are HMD’s main products for blood collection?

HMD offers a range of high-quality blood collection products, including blood collection needles, winged infusion sets, and tubes, all under their proprietary brand called Vaku 8.

What are the advantages of using Vaku-8 blood sampling tubes?

HMD’s Vaku-8 evacuated blood sampling collection tubes are designed to collect blood directly into the tube during the venipuncture procedure and is a closed system, so it’s easy to use, enable quality capillary blood sample collection and reduces the risk of blood exposure to the phlebotomist. They are available for both haematology and chemistry applications and are color-coded according to their intended use.

What are Vaku-8 tubes designed for?

Vaku-8 tubes are designed for vacuum blood sampling and are used to collect high-quality capillary blood samples in a closed system. The tubes assist in collection of accurate blood samples for multiple test using a single prick.

What makes HMD’s Vaku-8 winged set unique?

HMD’s Vaku-8 blood collection winged set are designed with a short bevel to reduce the risk of cross-vein perforation. They also have thin walls to improve flow rate during butterfly needle blood draws to pave way for improved flow rate of blood

What protective features do Vaku-8 needles have?

Vaku-8 needles have protective top and lower needle covers that safeguard the needle from damage and help reduce the risk of injury during and after use.

What sizes are available for Vaku 8 winged sets?

Vaku 8 winged sets are available in 21G,23G,24G and 25G gauges and in multiple lengths.

What types of blood collection procedures are Vaku-8 needles suitable for?

Vaku-8 needles are suitable for various blood collection procedures, including venipuncture and capillary blood sampling.

Why are disposable tubes and needles used?

Disposable tubes and needles are used for hygiene and safety. They eliminate the risk of infection and cross-contamination, as they are discarded after a single use, reducing the potential for disease transmission and ensuring patient safety.

Why should I use a winged blood collection system over a Blood collection needle?

For critically ill patients, for children and elderly patients where it is difficult to locate veins and for added support of movement.

Are single-use syringes available in different sizes?

Yes, single-use syringes are available in different sizes, The size of the barrel determines how much medication a syringe can hold, and the needle gauge determines the needle thickness. Thinner needles may be more comfortable to inject for some people.

Are single-use syringes safe?

Yes, single-use syringes ensure safety when used correctly. These syringes undergo rigorous manufacturing processes adhering to strict quality control standards. They are designed for one-time use to minimize the risk of contamination or infection.

Can single-use syringes be used more than once?

No. Single-use syringes are designed for one-time use only. Reuse can lead to the spread of blood-borne illnesses and skin diseases.

Can single-use syringes be used with different types of needles?

Yes, different types of needles can work with single-use syringes. Single-use syringes have a standard Luer slip or Luer lock connection that enables the attachment of different kinds and sizes of needles.

Can you sterilise single-use syringes?

No, single-use syringes are not meant to be used once. Hence they are dispensed after proper sterilization They are typically made of substances that might not tolerate sterilization, including intense heat or harsh chemicals. (No, single-use syringes are meant to be used once only. Hence they are dispensed after proper sterilization)

How do single-use syringes work?

Single-use syringes consist of a plastic barrel, plunger, and needle. The plunger is first pulled back to draw the medication into the barrel and deliver the drug through the needle.

What are single-use syringes made of?

Single-use syringes are typically made of polypropylene, which is transparent, durable, and chemical-resistant. The plungers and needles are made of stainless steel or other metals, ensuring strength and sharpness for effective injections (need to be changed). Typically syringes are made up of three parts: barrel, plunger, and needle. The barrels and plungers are made up of non-toxic, medical-grade polypropylene and the needle is made up of stainless steel.  

What are the benefits of using single-use syringes?

Single-use syringes enhance patient care and healthcare practices by reducing the risk of infection and cross-contamination.

Whether it is acceptable to re-use contaminated single-use syringes?

Never

Why are single-use syringes important in healthcare?

Single-use syringes are essential in the healthcare field for several reasons. These syringes are designed for single use to stop the spread of diseases by facilitating vaccination for both immunization and curative fields. They promote patient safety by reducing the risk of contamination and needlestick injuries.

Why are syringes single-use only?

Syringes are designed to be used only once to reduce the risk of (infection and) cross-contamination. The single-use syringes (are dispensed after proper sterilization). So, they ensure the highest level of safety and hygiene during medical procedures.

Are I.V. cannulas painful?

The insertion of an I.V. cannula can cause some discomfort, but the level of pain varies among individuals and among various brands of I.V. cannulas.

What are the types of IV cannulas?

There are three types of I.V.cannula

  • Central line I.V. Cannula – This one goes into larger veins closer to the heart. It’s for serious treatments or long-term use.
  • Peripheral I.V. Cannula – This is the common one you see in arms or hands. It’s for shorter treatments and goes into smaller veins.
  • Midline Catheter. – It’s a bit longer than the peripheral one but doesn’t go as deep as the central line. It’s used when treatment lasts a bit longer than usual.
What is another name for a cannula?

Another name for a cannula is an Intravenous I.V. Catheter.

What is I.V. Cannula insertion chart?

An I.V. Cannula insertion chart is a visual reference tool used by medical professionals to determine the appropriate size and length of cannula to use for intravenous access based on factors like patient age, vein condition, and intended purpose.

What is IV cannulation?

Intravenous (IV) cannulation is a medical procedure in which a thin, flexible tube (cannula) is inserted into a vein to administer fluids, medications, or blood products directly into the bloodstream.

What is the difference between I.V. Cannula and Cannula?

The main difference between an IV Cannula and a regular Cannula lies in their application and design. While both may have a stainless steel body and are found in needles, syringes, etc., an IV Cannula specifically refers to a type of cannula used for intravenous administration, designed with features suitable for delivering medications, fluids, or drawing blood directly into a vein. On the other hand, a general cannula is a broader term encompassing various types used in medical procedures beyond just intravenous applications.

What is the difference between I.V. Cannula and Catheter?

IV Cannula and Catheter are both medical devices used for different purposes:

IV Cannula: It’s a thin, flexible tube inserted into a vein to administer fluids, and medications, or draw blood. It remains in place for short-term use.

Catheter: Catheters are flexible tubes used to manage drainage or introduce fluids into various body cavities or vessels. They can be used in veins, arteries, urinary tract, or other parts of the body, and they come in various types for different functions.

The main difference lies in their purposes: IV cannulas are specifically for intravenous access, while catheters have a broader application for drainage or introduction of fluids into different parts of the body.

What is the largest cannula?

The largest cannula typically used in medical procedures is a 14-gauge cannula.

What is the size of I.V. cannula?

IV cannulas come in various sizes typically measured by gauge. Common sizes range from 14 to 24 gauge, with 20,22 and 24G gauge being the most commonly used sizes in clinical practice.

What is the smallest I.V. Cannula?

The smallest I.V. cannula typically used is a 27-gauge cannula.

Which cannula is mostly used?

The most commonly used cannula is the peripheral intravenous (IV) cannula.

Which I.V. cannula is used for child?

The Cathy Neo and Cathula Neo in 24G and 26G are specially designed intravenous (IV) cannulas suitable for pediatric patients. These cannulas are crafted with smaller gauges and sizes to accommodate the delicate veins and smaller bodies of children. Their design focuses on minimizing discomfort and reducing the risk of complications during IV procedures with a blood flashback feature that promotes easy insertion making it suitable for pediatric patients.

Which I.V. cannula used for blood transfusion?

The type of IV cannula typically used for blood transfusions is a larger gauge cannula, such as 18G or larger, to accommodate the flow rate required for transfusing blood products. Specific brands like Kitkath, Kitkath Plus, Cathy and Cathy Plus are good options. Cathy Plus and Cathula plus comes with added Sip-Clip and Tip-clip benefit that prevents needlestick injuries to healthcare workers.

Are I.V. cannulas suitable for both adults and children?

Yes, I.V. cannulas are suitable for both adults and children. Moreover, there are special IV cannulas for children. HMD manufactures Cathy +Neo and Cathula + Neo assist with the same.

Can I.V. cannulas be used for blood sampling?

Yes, I.V. cannulas can be used for blood sampling.

Difference between 1 way & 2 way I.V.Cannula.

2 way I.V.Cannula has integrated side port through which second line of medication is possible, while in 1 way I.V.Cannula only one port is present for drug delivery.

How is an I.V. cannula removed? Is it painful?

An I.V. cannula is typically removed by gently pulling it out from the insertion site. The process is usually not painful, but some individuals might feel a slight discomfort or a brief pinch during removal.

How long can the I.V. Cannula stay in the body?

Normally, I.V.Cannula can stay in the body from 24 to 48 hours after insertion, Instances of 48 – 96 hours has also been reported of Cannulation without Thrombophlebitis

What are the advantages of using safety cannulas in healthcare settings?

The advantages of using safety cannulas in healthcare settings include reduced needlestick injuries, improved healthcare worker safety, and minimized risk of bloodborne infections.

What are the common uses of I.V. cannulas in medical treatment?

I.V. cannulas are commonly used in medical treatment for intravenous (IV) therapy, which includes fluid administration, medication delivery, blood transfusions, and monitoring patients’ vital signs

What are the different brands of I.V. cannulas offered by HMD?

HMD offers three proprietary brands – Kitkath, Cathy, and Cathula

What are the different sizes of I.V. cannulas available?

I.V. cannulas are available in various sizes, typically ranging from 16G to 26G. They are available with and without injection port

What is an I.V. cannula, and what are its uses?

An I.V. cannula consists of a small, flexible tube known as catheter through an introducer needle inserted into a patient’s vein to provide a pathway for delivering fluids, medications, and other treatments directly into the bloodstream. Its primary use is for intravenous therapy, allowing healthcare professionals to administer fluids, nutrients, medications, and blood products efficiently and directly into the patient’s circulatory system.

What is the purpose of the winged or “butterfly” design on some I.V. cannulas?

The winged or “butterfly” design on some I.V. cannulas is intended to provide easier control and stability during insertion into a patient’s vein, especially for procedures that require precise placement or quick access.

What’s the difference between a safety and non-safety I.V. cannula?

A safety IV cannula incorporates features to reduce the risk of accidental needlestick injuries, while a non-safety IV cannula lacks these safety mechanisms.

Why is an I.V. cannula used in medical treatments?

I.V. cannula is used in medical treatments to deliver fluids, medications, and nutrients directly into a patient’s bloodstream, enabling rapid and controlled administration.

Are there any side effects associated with using an insulin syringe?

Using an insulin syringe typically does not cause significant side effects. However, improper injection technique can lead to complications such as mild discomfort, redness, or bruising at the injection site. Following proper injection techniques and consulting with a healthcare professional if you experience persistent or concerning side effects is crucial.

Are there any special storage requirements for insulin syringes?

Here are general tips for storing insulin:

  • Keep insulin out of direct sunlight and heat
  • Store opened insulin bottles or pens at a 15°C to 30°C room temperature
  • Dispose of insulin 28 days after opening it
  • Unopened insulin should be kept refrigerated at a temperature between 2°C and 8°C
  • Always ensure to check the expiration date before using insulin
Can I use an insulin syringe for other medications?

Insulin syringes are specifically designed for injecting insulin and may not be suitable for other medications. It is best to consult your healthcare provider to choose the appropriate syringe for specific medications.

Difference between 1 ml Insulin & Tuberculin Syringe.

1 ml, Insulin Syringe are of two types – U 40 & U-100 Insulin Syringes. Iin U- 40 Insulin Syringes markings on the barrel are upto 40 Units, while in U-100 markings are upto 100 Units.

While in case of 1 ml Tuberculin Syringes the markings are in upto 1 ml. The above mentioned different markings are based on medication dosage prescribed to the patient.

How do I choose the right insulin syringe size?

To determine the ideal insulin syringe size, you need to consider two factors: your prescribed insulin dosage and the markings on the syringe.

A larger syringe with a higher capacity may be appropriate if your dosage is high. Conversely, a smaller syringe with finer markings may be more suitable if your dosage is low.

How many times can we use an insulin syringe?

Insulin syringes are specifically intended for one-time use. Using a new, sterile syringe for each injection is advisable to maintain hygiene and lower the risk of infection.

How many types of insulin syringes are available in the market?

There are several types of insulin syringes available in the market. The most popular types are syringes marked U-100, and U-40. U-100 syringes are designed for insulin with a concentration of 100 units per milliliter, while U-40 are used for insulin with 40 units per milliliter.

How many units are in an insulin syringe?

Most syringes come in measures of 30 units (30 ml), 50 units (0.5 ml), and 100 units (1 ml). These measurements refer to the barrel size of the insulin and how much insulin the syringe can hold.

How should insulin syringes be disposed of?

Insulin syringes should be disposed of in a sharps container to avoid punctures. Do not dispose of them in regular trash or recycling bins prone to punctures to reduce the risk of accidental needlestick injuries.

What are some facts about insulin syringes?

Some interesting facts about insulin syringes are as follows:

  1. Insulin syringes are specifically designed for administering insulin to diabetes patients.
  2. These syringes are available in different sizes, ranging from 0.3 ml, 0.5 ml & 1 ml.
  3. They have an extra fine needle available in 29, 30, and 31G and a calibrated barrel to measure insulin units accurately In U-40 and U-100.
  4. Proper disposal of used insulin syringes is essential to prevent contamination and accidental needlestick injuries.
What is the needle gauge for insulin syringes?

The needle gauge for insulin syringes typically ranges from 29 to 31G. The gauge refers to the thickness or diameter of the needle. While thicker needles may deliver insulin more quickly, thinner needles might be more comfortable.

Are Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles sterile?

Yes, Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles manufactured by HMD are sterilised by Ethylene Oxide. Sterility is essential to maintain the safety and effectiveness of insulin injections. Using sterile needles helps prevent infections and ensures the medication’s integrity.

Are HMD’s insulin pen needles patient-friendly?

Yes, HMD’s insulin pen needles are designed to be patient friendly because of its top cap which can only be removed once its attached to a pen and not without. Moreover, it has the following features:

  1. Less pain during penetration and withdrawal
  2. Affordable
  3. Universal size
  4. Easy availability
Can Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles be used with any brand of insulin pen?

Yes, Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles are designed with a universal fit to be compatible with all Insulin Pens. Whether you use a specific brand or model of insulin pen, you can safely and effectively use Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles for insulin administration.

Do Dispo Van single-use pen needles minimise pain during insulin injections?

Yes, Dispo Van single-use pen needles are thin-walled, has ergonomic shape, multi-bevel tapered point and flat base design which helps to minimise pain during insulin injections. The design focuses on improving the flow of medication while reducing patient discomfort.

How do insulin pen needles work?

Insulin pen needles are disposable attachments that are screwed onto an insulin pen. They are used to administer insulin to diabetic patients. The needles have a fine and thin design, allowing for smooth penetration into the skin and accurate insulin delivery.

How often should insulin pen needles be replaced?

Insulin pen needles should be replaced after every injection of insulin. Reusing a pen needle can lead to complications such as pain, bleeding, bruising, and potentially developing lumpy fat tissue.

What are insulin pen needles?

Insulin pen needles are small, disposable needles specifically designed for use with insulin pens. They are used to deliver insulin subcutaneously, providing a convenient and accurate method for diabetic patients to administer their insulin doses.

What are the features of Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles?

Dispo Van Single-Use Pen Needles offered by HMD have extra-thin walls and ergonomic shape for improved grip and skin contact. They are designed to be easy to adjust, handle and provide quick, comfortable insertion, and accurate insulin delivery. They are also compatible with all Insulin Pens due to their universal fit design.

What size needle is used for an insulin pen?

Insulin pen needles are typically available in lengths ranging from 4,5,6,8 &12.7 millimeters (mm) in 31 & 32 gauges. The specific size of the needle for insulin pens may vary based on individual needs and preferences.

Why should I use single-use pen needles for insulin administration?

Using single-use pen needles for insulin administration is important to maintain hygiene, reduce the risk of infections, and ensure accurate insulin delivery. Reusing pen needles can lead to pain, bleeding, bruising, and other complications such as skin diseases.

How do you activate the safety needle?

After removing the needle from the patient, you must activate the safety mechanism by pushing the lever arm forward until the needle tip is completely covered and press the cover against a hard surface until you hear a click sound. It can be activated using one hand.

How does a safety needle work?

A safety needle comes with a built-in safety mechanism. Once the fluid or medication is injected into a patient’s body, users need to close the needle cover and activate the locking mechanism by pressing the cover cap on to a hard surface. This will protect the users from accidental needle stick injuries and also
prevent the reuse of needles.

What is an example of a safer needle device?

Dispojekt Safety Needle with SIP designed by HMD is a classic yet modern example of a safe needle device. Designed keeping in mind the safety of medical workers, the safety needles come with a unique locking mechanism to prevent accidental needle stick injuries.

What is the purpose of a safety needle?

A safety needle protects patients and healthcare workers from needlestick injuries and further prevents the spread of blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.

Why are safety needles important?

Healthcare professionals worldwide sustain occupational hazards such as needlestick injuries that can lead to life-threatening diseases. The use of safety needles reduces the risk of exposure to blood-borne diseases and ensures the safety of healthcare workers and patients.

What is a scalp vein set used for?

Scalp vein set are especially designed for venepuncture to ensure minimum discomfort to patients during infusion. In addition, the scalp vein sets are also used for injecting small volumes of medication, blood derivatives, blood sampling, irrigation of wound and saline injection. HMD offers state-of-the-art scalp vein sets from two trusted brands-Scalpvan and Unolok.

Can Scalp Van sets be used for blood perfusion?

No, Scalp Van sets are not typically used for blood perfusion.

How do scalp vein sets enhance patient comfort?

Scalp vein sets enhance patient comfort by providing a less painful and more efficient method for accessing veins, especially in pediatric and difficult cases. The smaller size of scalp veins reduces discomfort during insertion, making it less traumatic for patients.

How long is a scalp vein set needle?

A scalp vein set needle is typically around 0.75 to 1.25 inches (20 to 32 millimeters) in length.

What are scalp vein infusion sets?

Scalp vein infusion sets are medical devices designed for intravenous (IV) access in infants and young children. They allow healthcare professionals to administer fluids, and medications, or draw blood by accessing the veins on the scalp.

What are the different types of scalp vein sets?

The different types of scalp vein sets include short peripheral scalp catheters and winged scalp needles.

What are the key features of HMD’s Scalp Van scalp vein sets?

The key features of HMD’s Scalp Van scalp vein sets include:

  1. Ultra-thin catheter for comfortable insertion
  2. Winged design for easy handling and secure placement
  3. Color-coded sizes for quick identification
  4. Flexible tubing to minimize patient movement restrictions
What are the sizes of the scalp vein set?

The sizes of scalp vein sets typically range from 18 to 27 gauge.

What is another name for the scalp vein set?

Another name for the scalp vein set is a “butterfly needle” or a “winged infusion set.”

What is the color code for the scalp vein set?

It is related to Gauge as per ISO standards.

What makes Unolok + butterfly needles different from standard needles?

Unolok + butterfly needles have flexible wings and a built-in safety mechanism, offering improved stability during venipuncture and reducing the risk of needlestick injuries.

What needle is used for the scalp vein?

A butterfly needle is commonly used for the scalp vein.

Are single-use hypodermic needles available in different sizes?

Single-use needles are available in various sizes to accommodate medical procedures and patient needs. Manufacturers often offer a range of needle sizes to meet specific requirements.

Are single-use hypodermic needles compatible with all medications?

Yes, single-use hypodermic needles manufactured by HMD are designed to be compatible with all medications. The needle hub is made up of non-toxic medical-grade polypropylene ensuring compatibility and safety.

Can single-use hypodermic needles be recycled or reused?

Single-use needles are designed for one-time use and should not be recycled or reused. They are intended to prevent contamination and ensure patient safety. Proper disposal of single-use needles is crucial to maintain hygiene and prevent spreading infections.

Can these single-use hypodermic needles be used for both blood collection and medication administration?

Yes, Dispo Van and Unolok Single-Use Needles can be used for blood collection and medication administration. They are versatile and designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in various clinical settings.

How do single-use hypodermic needles ensure safety?

Single-use needles are manufactured and packaged using automated processes, minimizing errors and ensuring consistent quality. Tip of the needle has a thin wall and needle is well-siliconized to reduce friction for smooth penetration and withdrawal.

How should single-use hypodermic needles be disposed off?

Single-use needles should be properly disposed off in a puncture-resistant sharps containers or a safety box. These containers are designed to safely hold used needles and prevent accidental injuries. It is also essential to follow local regulations and guidelines for medical waste disposal.

What are single-use hypodermic needles?

Single-use hypodermic needles are disposable medical needles designed to be used once and disposed off.

What brands of single-use hypodermic needles are available?

HMD offers single-use needles under two brands: Dispo Van and Unolok. The former is luer mount whereas the letter is for luer lock

Why is it important to use single-use hypodermic needles?

Using single-use hypodermic needles is crucial for maintaining patient safety and for preventing the spread of infections. Reusing needles can lead to cross-contamination and the transmission of blood-borne diseases, posing a significant risk to both patients and healthcare professionals.

Are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes endotoxin free?

No, HMD Vaku-8 does not claim that any of the HMD Vaku 8 Blood Collection Tubes are endotoxin free.

Are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes sterile?

Yes, HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes have a sterile interior. Tubes are sterilised by gamma irradiation.

Can HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes be re-sterilised, for introduction into a sterile field?

HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes are irradiated to achieve sterility. These tubes are sterile on the interior only. We do not recommend re-sterilising the tubes.

Do HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes expire at the beginning or end of the month?

The expiration date on the tube label is stated as a Year/Month. The tubes can be used till the end of the month of its expiry.

Do you plan to launch more device products in the future and what will so special about those products?

We have recently introduced evacuated Blood Collection Tubes to ensure safe collection of Blood and for enabling accurate and reliable automated testing – this is the future for diagnosis for preventive healthcare

Does HMD offer a plain plastic tube, without clot activator?

Yes, we do offer no-additive plastic tubes.

How are HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes packaged?

HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes are packaged with 100 tubes/polystyrene tray and 1,000 tubes/case (10 trays).

How should expired HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes be disposed of?

Local waste collectors should be consulted to see what the proper method of disposal is for unused, expired blood collection products.

What are the correct number of inversions for the various HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes?

An inversion is one complete turn of the wrist, 180 degrees, and back. Tubes should be inverted according to the following recommendations:

  • SST and serum tubes – 5 inversions
  • Additive tubes (EDTA, heparin, etc) – 8-10 inversions
  • Sodium citrate tubes (blue top) – 3-4 inversions
What are the recommended storage conditions for Blood Collection Tube?

The Blood Collection Tubes should be stored at cool a place, exposure to excessive heat should be avoided.

What coatings layer the walls of HMD Vaku-8 Serum and SST tubes?

HMD Vaku-8 Serum and SST tubes are coated with silicon and micronized silica particles to accelerate clotting. A silicon coating reduces adherence of red cells to tube walls. The silica coating can sometimes cause the inner tube wall to appear cloudy and/or filmy. This cloudy appearance is normal and does not affect use.

What type of material is used to produce HMD Vaku-8 Blood Collection Tubes?

HMD Vaku-8 Tubes are made of a special formulation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This special formulation is extremely strong, dimensionally stable, and resistant to chemicals and breakage.

What is a winged infusion set used for?

A winged infusion set, also known as a Butterfly IV, by HMD is designed to administer fluids, drugs as well as for blood sampling with the help of a surgically implanted vascular port. The winged infusion set is made from non-toxic, medical-grade PVC compounds to ensure ease of use and safety. Vaku8 is one of the top and best brands of blood collection tube offered by HMD.