What is a slip tip syringe?


I am doing homework and trying to define a slip tip syringe. My book doesn't mention it and when I look online all I find are websites selling them. From what I gather they are needless but beyond that I am unsure. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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Slip tip syringes do not have a luer-lock to attach the needle. The needle simply slips over the open tip of the syringe. We only carry them in 1mL size, not sure if they're available in other sizes.


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Thank you very much for the information!

Slip tip syringes don't have a luer lock system. The needle just slides on. They come in a variety of sizes - 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30, and 60 ml (and maybe other sizes too). They do tend to pop off when you push fluid thru them, so I prefer to use luer lock when at all possible.

The only time I've seen them used regularly is for procedures such as bronchoscopy or colonoscopy when you have to insert the syringe into a port of the scope for irrigation purposes.