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Hello, my name is Sydney Belaqua. Welcome to my website about medical equipment and supplies. When my mom had her stomach removed last year, the living room became a storage lock for medical equipment and supplies. These items helped my mom make a swift recovery without too much discomfort or delay. Throughout this experience, I set out to learn about how the medical equipment and supplies work and help my loved one heal. I created this site to share this knowledge with other people in a similar situation. Please feel free to visit my site anytime you want to learn more.




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A Few Benefits That Will Have You Asking Your Pharmacist About CSTD Devices

by Luke Gregory

If you have to take prescription medications that require you to use a needle and syringe to administer them, you probably understand the importance of keeping all your equipment clean and sterile. However, you are probably also aware of the fact that accidents can happen. You may get everything set up to give yourself the medicine and have it fall to the ground, or perhaps you get called away and forget to properly store everything. Additionally, if you generally put the used equipment into the trashcan, someone else may accidentally prick themselves and get a dosage of the medication, which could be dangerous. Luckily, the medical world understands there can be problems and has created a way for you to safely store and administer your medications with closed system transfer devices (CSTDs). Here are just a few benefits you will experience when you will experience when you can use these instead of the old needle and syringe method.

No Contamination

Regardless of the drug you are taking, if you use a vial that contains more than one dose, you risk bacteria getting into the vial as soon as you use it for the first time. This bacteria could damage the medication or could make you very sick when you use the contaminated medication for your next dose. Because a CSTD is always used only once, you will never have to worry about it containing bacteria, mold, or anything else other than the drug you need. The device will be set with the amount of medication you need, so there is no need to worry about refilling it or reusing it.


These devices are made in a sterile area and consist of the medication and the administering tools. Any sharp parts will be inside the device tube and will only come out when you push the button to administer the drug. Once you are done, the needle will go back up into the device so no one can accidentally grab it and be pricked. There is no need for you to draw medication into a syringe or to put together a needle/syringe unit. All you need to do is to pull off the cap and turn the lid to allow the device to be engaged, hold it to your body, and press the button. Once you hear a click, release the button, put the cap back on, and dispose of the device.

While not all drugs are available in a CSTD, more are becoming so every day. Transfer your prescription to a CSTD pharmacy to start using these devices. You will find them easy to use and they will remove any stress you may have about having your prescriptions around the house.