About the 1 cc Syringe

by | Dec 28, 2012 | Health Care

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Whether you are administering medications or using the syringe to feed an infant or a young animal, you will likely need to use a 1 cc syringe. This is one of the most commonly used sizes of syringes because of the way medications are typically dosed. However, it also means you will need to understand exactly how to use it to ensure you get the proper dosing. For most people, dealing in cc’s isn’t something they do on a regular basis.

What Is 1 cc?

Many people have heard the term “cc,” especially if they watch medical shows on television, but they don’t really know what a cc is. Most people figure if they are ever in a medical situation, the doctors will know what to do. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you may need to self-administer injections, you need to know what a cc is. In simple terms, 1 cc is equal to 1 mL, which is a more widely known measurement.

How to Read the Syringe

Now that you are aware of exactly how much a cc is, you need to know how to read the syringe so you can get the proper dosage. When the syringe is filled to the full mark, it equals 1 cc; however, your dosage won’t always require that much. In most cases, a 1 cc syringe will be marked off in tenths, allowing you to use the syringe to administer medication or liquid food in tenths of a cc. Always understand exactly which lines mean what before you administer any medication.

Using the Syringe

If you will be giving liquid food or medication to an infant or a young animal, you will not need to use a needle with the syringe. You will simply place the opening of the syringe in the child’s or animal’s mouth and squeeze the liquid in. If you will be injecting the medication, a needle becomes necessary. To use the syringe, you simply place the needle or the opening of the syringe into the liquid and pull back the plunger until the liquid reaches the proper dosing mark. You must then remove the syringe and administer the liquid.

The 1 cc syringe is one of the most commonly used sizes of syringe for a variety of issues. Understanding just what 1 cc is equal to, as well as how to read and use the syringe, will ensure you administer the proper dosage or give the proper amount of nutrition to an infant or young animal.