What Is The Difference Between A 2-Part And 3-Part Syringe?

Person receiveing vaccine - What is the difference between a 2-part and 3-part syringe?

When it comes to disposable syringes, there are two main types to choose from: 2-part and 3-part syringes. The critical differences between the two are the construction and functionality. Learn more about each type below.  

3-Part Syringes  

A 3-part syringe includes a barrel, plunger and rubber gasket at the tip of the plunger to create a seal. This type is the most widely found syringe and offers multiple functionalities. However, the rubber gasket can “grab” the sides of the barrel, making the syringe sticky. To prevent this, a silicone-based lubricant is often needed. While this lubricant doesn’t interfere with most applications, it can contaminate some medical, laboratory, and production samples.  

2-Part Syringes 

A 2-part syringe has only a barrel and plunger. Instead of a rubber tip, it uses a precisely engineered and slightly oversized plunger head that expands the barrel and creates a vacuum as it’s drawn downwards. In addition, a 2-part syringe does not require a lubricant to work, making it ideal for applications that cannot have the potential for foreign substances, such as silicone oil, to interfere with the desired results. 

Shop for Medical Supplies in Canada at CanGard 

For all your syringe needs, trust CanGard Medical Supplies. We offer a wide selection of high-quality syringes, including both 2-part and 3-part options. Visit our website to browse our selection and place an order today. Have more questions about syringes? Read our complete guide on syringes!

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