Hypodermic Needle Peer Reviewed Source

Stockley, Margaret A. “Syringe and Needle.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, vol. 5, 2013. Gale Virtual Reference Library, go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?resultListType=RELATED_DOCUMENT&userGroupName=pull21986&inPS=true&contentSegment=9781414498959&prodId=GVRL&isBOBIndex=true&docId=GALE%7CCX2760401048&u=pull21986&authCount=1.

This journal article is a very scientific source which describes, in detail, the hypodermic needle and syringe. The hypodermic needle is described as a hollow metal tube, usually made of stainless steel, which is sharpened at one end. The needle and syringe is made up of multiple components, being the needle, luerlock syringe hub, barrel, rubber plunger tip, and plunger. This information may seem boring, but understanding the technology of the needle and syringe itself is pertinent to being able to understand how it is used in medicine and the impact that it has had. This source also described that the needle and syringe is used for injecting and withdrawing fluids from a patient, and that the most common procedure for removing fluids from a patient is drawing blood. The source goes on to describe the various types/methods of injections. It is also stated that use of a needle and syringe requires medical training in the correct use and handling of the syringes and needles. Also, the correct disposal of the needle is said to be important. This source is useful in the essay because it allows for an accurate description of the needle to be given, and since the needle is the foundation of the essay, this is very important. The source also relates to the other sources about methods of vaccination, inoculation, and injection as without an understanding of the needle, these practices would not be understood. Questions that can be produced by this source are “how is the needle used?” and “for what purposes is the needle used?”.

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