Choosing Better Medical Equipment

3 Questions To As Yourself When Choosing The Right Pipette For Use In Your New Medical Facility

If you are opening a new medical facility and are figuring out what supplies you will need for its operation, you may decide you need pipettes to collect small amounts of fluids. However, you may be wondering about how to figure out which type would suit your needs. If so, ask yourself the following questions to begin the process of choosing the right pipette for use in your facility.

Are You Using the Pipette to Collect Body Fluid Samples?

The first thing you should consider when deciding on which pipette you should order is its purpose. Will you be using it to pull small amounts of medicines or chemicals? Or, will you be using it to collect body fluids, such as blood from a finger stick to check glucose or iron levels?

If you will be using the pipettes for the latter, you will want to choose one that has a filtered tip which serves two purposes. First, the filter decreases the risk of sample contamination. Second, the filter acts as a barrier that keeps the blood or other bodily fluid from spilling out and creating a bio-hazard if it contaminates the surface.

Is Accuracy in Collection Volume a Necessity?

Another question you should ask yourself about the purpose of the pipette is whether accuracy in collection volume is a necessity. For certain tests, the amount of blood or other samples need to have precise measurements.

If you do need accurate volumes, ask your medical supplier about pipettes that come with graduated tips. These tips have measurements written on the sides of the clear material, allowing you to measure the exact amount of the samples that are needed for tests, such as iron levels per milliliter.

Do You Plan on Reusing the Pipettes? 

Another important question to ask yourself is whether or not you plan on reusing the pipettes or their tips. If you do plan on reusing them, you should ask about which types are autoclavable so that you and your staff can fully sterilize them.

However, if you do not have an autoclave or feel that sterilizing the pipettes after each use would not be efficient, ask the supplier about disposable ones. Having ones that are non-reusable ensures that each pipette is fully sterile before collecting the samples, reducing the risk of cross-contamination between your patients.

After asking yourself the above questions, you should have an idea of the type of pipette your medical facility will need. If you have further questions, speak with a medical equipment supplier, such as Medical Precision Plastics Inc, about which pipette manufacturers have products to serve your facility's needs, as well as find out what options are available making your selection and purchase.