New syringes - why improve on simple and worked

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 6/25/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I had some issues getting my B12 syringes this time due to the way my doc wrote the script.  I always get my syringes at the local pharmacy and just py for them myself as they are lower $ than my copay.  The first set of syringes were obviously for a person with a port - no needle.  The pharmacy apologized and replaced the syringes with needle versions.
 
Then I went to do my shot today and I had no idea how to work these.  The old syringes were a simple syringe with needle and a little plastic cover.  That was all I needed and they worked fine.  now I have needles that have a cover that loks like a pen cap.  It has a piece that you push up with your thumb afterward to cover the needle.  All well and good, but it does nothing different that just putting the cap back on.  I like simple...no need to complicate this.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa, cholestyramine, iron and vitamin supplements. 
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MAG102886
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   Posted 6/25/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
They make them like that so you/nurses/doctors don't stab yourself/themselves putting the cap back on afterwards.


Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

ivy6
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   Posted 6/25/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Why do you / they put the cap on afterwards anyway?

I thought that was dangerous and (to quote my Humira nurse) "bad needle hygiene"?

Ivy.
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Wolfie40
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   Posted 6/25/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I was supposed to get those new syringes but instead I got the old ones. My wife gives me my B-12 and I always worry bout her trying to put the cap back on. I'm afraid she is going to stick herself or me somewhere I don't want to be stuck.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
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dunny2
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   Posted 6/25/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Habs, my last lot of syringes are like that. I went to pull the cap of with my teeth like I used to with the old kind,
and nearly pulled my teeth out. I agree, why mend something if it isn't broke!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

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Zanne
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   Posted 6/25/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a sharps container to dispose of my needles and I wouldn't be able to put that kind into it. I hope the next batch I get isn't like that. I agree, why does everything have to get "new and improved". It usually means they've messed it up somehow.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


MAG102886
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   Posted 6/25/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
It is dangerous which is why they have new caps.  You're not supposed re-cap needles but people do it, this an extra caution to keep people safe.  I've seen numerous nurses and doctors put caps back on needles before throwing them out. 
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 6/26/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank goodness I've never run into those type of syringes!!! But I always have put the cap back on the needle and then put them in an old margerine container w/top. When the container got full I just took it to my local hospital lab and asked them to dispose of them for me.
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