How to Read a Syringe 3 ml, 1 ml, Insulin, & 5 ml/cc | Reading a Syringe Plunger

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hey everyone the Sears register nurse re

and calm and in this video I'm going to

go over how to read syringes in this

video I want to go over five basic

syringes that you will be using as a

nurse and show you how to read each of

them now as a nurse you're going to have

a lot of different types of syringes at

your disposal and you want to select the

correct syringe for the amount of

medication that you want to get for

instance say that the physician has

ordered 0.5 milliliters of morphine the

3 cc syringe is the best for drawing

that medication up to get the most

accurate dose however on the other hand

if you're going to give point 2 5

milliliters of a medication the 1

milliliter syringe is the best for that

so let me show you the basic parts of a

syringe here is a basic 10 milliliter

syringe and anytime you have a syringe

you always want to look at its total

capacity it can hold and this one holds

10 MLS now as a side note 10 MLS is the

same as 10 cc's so if you hear someone

say let's give 2 cc's it's the same as

two MLS just to let you know that now

let's go over the basic parts of the

syringe okay so here at the top this is

our adapter part and this is where you

would screw on the needle if you were

going to give an iamb injection and now

in the hospital we use needle list

devices so we would just screw this

adapter part on to the IV the hub of the

IV or the line and then we would just

give our medication that way now the

other part that's important is the

barrel of the syringe the barrel has a

scale on it and this scale tells us how

much of a medication we're gonna give

based on whatever the doctor ordered now

every syringe is different and how it

measures that's why I say get familiar

with how much your syringe holds which

we're going to go over in depth here in

a second with each individual syringe

and you have a scale so at the top it's

zero then you have a line in between

that and then you have one then you

and then you have a big - and it

measures onward now one thing that you

want to keep in mind is how to actually

measure the fluid that you're drawing up

with this plunger so let's go over the

other part the plunger I'm going to take

it out so you can see it the plunger has

a top part and a bottom part and it also

has a beveled area and whenever you're

actually drawing up the medication

you're going to line the line up that's

on the scale of your barrel with this

top part of the plunger not the beveled

part the top part now let's go over how

to read each syringe first we're going

to start with the easiest syringe which

is the 10 milliliter or 10 cc syringe

and as you can tell on this picture each

area is measured out so the top part

where the top line is 0.5 milliliters

then it goes to one then the next line

is 1.5 then it goes to two then the next

line is 2.5 and so on so this syringe

based on how its scale is set up in its

capacity it measures by 0.5 now let's

test your knowledge based on the yellow

wine what is the measurement of this

syringe and the answer is 4.5 MLS now

let's look at the five milliliter

syringe and as you can see on this this

has a little bit more lines in between

the main measurements than the 10 cc

syringe and that very top line is zero

and then below zero you have 0.2 then

point four seven point six point eight

and then the huge line is one so that is

where one milliliter is at then after

that you'll count by twos the point twos

so to be 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 and 2 and then

so on it would keep measuring that a

male until you hit 5 MLS now let's look

at this syringe based on the yellow wine

what is the measurement of this syringe

the answer is 2.2 MLS now let's look at

our 3 no

leader syringe this syringe even further

breaks down the measurement so you can

really draw up a smaller amount of a

medication for instance like I said at

the beginning of the video this syringe

is really good for drawing up a

medication if you just have to give

point five of something so that top line

is zero then as you pull the plunger

down this syringe goes down by point one

so you have 0.1 ml 0.2 0.3 0.4 and then

you have half 0.5 then you have point

six point seven point eight point nine

and then one and then so on until you

get a total capacity of three MLS based

on the yellow wine what is the

measurement of this syringe

the answer is 0.7 MLS our next syringe

is the one milliliter syringe and this

syringe if you don't have good eyesight

you really have to squint to see the

little lines but it's really good for

giving those medications where you have

to give just a little bit like the 0.25


okay on this syringe as you can see and

the top line will be zero and then this

particular syringe will measure down by

0.01 so you have point zero one point

zero two point zero three onward until

you hit point one ml's and then it'll

just keep on going until you've hit a

total capacity of 1 in MLS

based on the yellow wine what is the

measurement of this syringe

the answer is 0.25 MLS okay this is our

very last syringe and this is a syringe

that you will be using a lot whenever

you are giving diabetics insulin and it

is a syringe that holds a total of a

hundred units because insulin is

measured in units and it looks a little

similar to our one milliliter syringe

that we went over but it's not measured

in milliliters it's measured in units so

as you can see with this we have our top

line which is zero and this is going to

measure in increments of two so the next

line would be two units

then four units six units eight units

and then ten units and then onward until

you would give a total of a hundred

units based on the yellow wine what is

the measurement of this syringe

the answer is 72 units okay so that

wraps up this video on how to read the

common syringes you will encounter as a

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