Hacks Using Medical Supplies

There may not be many readers out there, but for the few readers that have to use medical supplies every day, here are some hacks for you. I have to use 60 cc catheter tip syringes to irrigate my artificial bladder.That being the case, I always have a few extras on hand. These come in handy for other things besides irrigating my bladder. They come in a sealed plastic package, and even have a cap on the tip for extra protection. In the pictures below you see what the front of the package looks like, the back of the package, and the syringe actually out of the package.

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Here are a few other uses for 60 cc catheter tip syringes:

  1. They are perfect for basting meats and vegetables. You use them the same way as you would a bulb baster, but these have quite a bit more force, and can be aimed better because of it. If there is a tine space that needs basting, just stick the tip down where the basting is needed and give the syringe a fast push.
  2. These are good for doing small power wash jobs too. The stream of water or soap and water comes out fast and forcefully. The force actually sort of blasts whatever the stream hits. This is great for pesky corners where no sponge or cloth can get into.
  3. To help with cleaning the toilet bowl. With the stream being so forceful, it can easily be aimed up under the rim the clean it very easily. I say easily, only if the toilet is kept pretty clean all alone. But if by chance you have been too bust to keep up with it, then you can always use bleach water in the syringe. You can spray it and let it dry, then repeat until it comes clean. It is also helpful to use a toilet brush if the stain is set in too badly.  As I am very picky, I use a syringe to squirt down the toilet, on the inside, practically every time I use it.
  4. These syringes can also be used to dislodge stubborn dust in corners of cabinets and shelves, and anything else that is sturdy. I wouldn’t use it on anything breakable. The force is so strong that it may knock the breakable object over and cause it to break.
  5. I collect dolls, and I use the syringe to clean out the eyes and ears with a quick forceful blast of air from the syringe. I also use it to clean out the little beds that some of the dolls came in. It is really handy. Because it is so small, I can easily hold the doll, or whatever equipment that came with the doll, while I am squirting the air wherever.
  6. I will let you in on a little secret. The syringes come in a 10 ml size also.  But they are what is called a Luer-Lok Tip. That means that they were made for something else to be attached to the top. This would usually be a needle for an injection. So to use these, you would need to get catheter adapters to screw on the ends of them. These smaller ones are good for even smaller jobs. They are perfect for blowing out a computer keyboard. You do have to keep pumping it, but it is less expensive than buying the special computer spray cans of air.                                                                                                                                                                                                       I hope some of these hacks will be helpful to you. The syringes can be purchased at any medical supply dealer. But it is important to ask for CATHETER TIP 60 CC SYRINGES to get the ones like what I am talking about.                                                                                                                                                                                       This is what the packaging looks like on the front of the 10 ml syringe with the Luer-Lok Tip.                                                                                                                                                             2015-12-02 01.02.05                                                                                                                                                              This is what the front of the package for the catheter adapter looks like.                                                                                               2015-12-02 01.01.59                                                                                                                                                              The picture on the left shows the back of the packaging for both the 10 ml syringe and the catheter adapter. The picture on the right shows the syringe with the adapter attached to it.                                                                                                                                                                                                      2015-12-02 01.02.24 2015-12-02 01.03.21                                                                                                                                          I hope you will find at least one or two of these hacks to be useful for you.