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O-Ring Syringes Easy to Use
I used to have a love/hate relationship with the 60 ml syringes provided by my home health care company. I was constantly battling the rubber tips. I washed them. I oiled them. I sprayed them. But no matter what, they performed like a city taxi driver: abrupt stops and abrupt starts. Not only that, you must have super human strength to get them going. I loved them because my son couldn’t live without them. But now, it’s nothing but love! I discovered silicone o-ring syringes over the Internet. Prices vary considerably and there are many types. I like the 60 ml catheter tip and the 60 ml slip tip syringes. The slip tip will fit right into a low-profile feeding tube device. Instead of a rubber stopper on the plunger like ordinary medical syringes, the plunger is solid plastic with a silicone o-ring around it to make the seal. The silicone does not degrade with washing and use like rubber does. It remains always easy to push. Their tip is a little more narrowly tapered and sits better in the extension tube. The most economical place I have found for these syringes is a squirrel feeding supply company! Go to Squirrels and More,www.squirrelsandmore.com, and search for “60 cc oring catheters.” I have used the same syringe for four months now. I am very pleased with the purchase. They have saved my wrists and my sanity!
LifelineLetter, July/August 2012