(2) Choice of syringe. The choice of syringe depends on the amount of
solution and the type of solution administered (see figure 1-4).
(a) When you select a syringe, check for the total capacity of the
syringe. The syringe is usually calibrated in cubic centimeters (cc). Be sure the syringe
is large enough to contain enough medication to give the shot. The size of the syringe
should only be large enough to accommodate the dosage being given.
(b) Check the calibration of the syringe so you can place the exact
amount of medication in the syringe (see figure 1-5).
Figure 1-5. Injection Chart
d. Inspect Packaging for Defects. Check to determine if the package has
been opened or if it has any holes. If you note any water or discoloration that may
indicate water has damaged the syringe, or if you suspect that the package has been
tampered with in any way, discard the package and obtain sterile equipment.
e. Unpack the Syringe. Remove the syringe from its packaging without
contaminating any sterile parts. The sterile parts of the syringe are the needle adapter
and the shaft of the plunger, which goes into the barrel. Any contamination could cause
infection to the patient.
Syringe in flexible wrapper.
Peel the sides of the wrapper apart to expose the rear end of the