Choosing the right type of medical needle for a procedure can be a daunting task, but it’s essential to ensure that your patients are comfortable during the process.
There are three elements to consider when choosing the correct needle size:
- Needle wall type
The gauge of a needle is indicated by a number on the needle itself, abbreviated as “G.” The higher the number, the smaller the outer diameter, and the needle appears thinner and more delicate. When choosing the right type for a procedure, it’s important to consider the gauge size and needle length appropriate for the task at hand. Smaller, shorter ones are less likely to cause pain and discomfort for the patient, but may be more difficult to handle for the practitioner.
The final element to consider is wall type thickness. It can significantly affect the size of the hole inside, the lumen, and how easily the viscous material passes through the needle. That’s why many needle manufacturers offer regular, thin, and ultra-thin wall options. Ultra-thin wall needles have a smaller inner diameter than regular wall needles but with the same flow rate, so you can use a smaller gauge with the same extrusion force. However, regular wall needles are less likely to flex than thin or ultra-thin due to the added thickness.
And no matter what, always consider the application to help you determine the best type of needle for your needs.
The needle hub is an element that is often overlooked, but knowing the types available and their intended purpose can help you choose the right needle for your particular needs.
One of the most important considerations is the hub material. Needle hubs made from extremely hard polymer are designed to withstand high pressures and prevent flexing, leaking, and needle pop-off. They may also be made from aluminum or different types of plastics used in medical devices. The type of material used to manufacture the hub can also determine its durability. Metal is usually preferred when a more durable option is needed or when a specialized connector is required. Additionally, some needle hubs feature exterior threading for an even more secure fit.
When searching for the right needle, you should also consider types compatible with needle guides. When performing general medical procedures, visualization is crucial, so using needle guides increases procedure success rate significantly, resulting in better visualization, decreased procedure times, and a more confident, accurate outcome.
Needle guides have been used for decades, but what makes them such a high-valued instrument?
At Remington Medical, we manufacture different types of medical needles and guides, such as biopsy needles, that can either help rule out conditions or make a diagnosis. While some medical products are a luxury, ours are a necessity.
Our bone marrow aspiration needle is available in two gauge sizes and offers a variety of benefits. It provides a safe, easy way to perform aspiration from the sternum and iliac crest, making it a great choice for any medical professional. The ergonomic handle combined with the Match Ground Cannula and stylet points ensures a comfortable experience while easily penetrating hard bone. The adjustable needle stop offers increased safety and control when performing aspiration from the sternum, while the Luer lock connector ensures a secure syringe attachment.
The unique “double diamond” stylet point of our bone marrow biopsy needle is designed to allow for quick and easy penetration into the marrow cavity. We also know how difficult it can be to apply the right amount of pressure without causing excessive hand fatigue, which is why our bone marrow needle has an ergonomically designed handle. The luer lock connector on the handle also provides for a secure syringe attachment. Remington’s bone marrow biopsy needle comes in four and six inch needle lengths, so you can find one that best suits your needs.
Our breast localization medical needles are designed to pinpoint a suspicious lesion within the breast tissue to help you diagnose and treat potentially dangerous conditions more quickly and accurately. The Kopans style is one of the most popular localization devices available. It’s pre-loaded with a stiffened wire for convenience, making it easy to thread through the tissue, and available in 3 cm, 5 cm, 7 cm, 10 cm needle lengths.
We also have biopsy needles compatible with the majority of biopsy guns on the market—and offer you more options at a better cost. By using ours in name brand guns, your patients benefit from needles that fire correctly for easy sample collection.
Finding exceptional medical needles doesn’t have to be difficult. At Remington Medical, we provide low-cost, high-quality biopsy needles, providing them to a number of industry-leading distributors, including:
- Owens & Minor
- Cardinal Health
As a healthcare professional, you need constant, simple accessibility to needles and guides—and no one does a better job of placing the right type of medical needles in your hands than Remington. Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of biopsy needles and disposable medical devices.
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