(blds.syst.) NEEDLE, sterile, 21G (Vacutainer)


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Blood sampling system in 2 parts:

  • needle or winged needle set (to be chosen according to needs) with Luer adaptor
  • tube holder


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Technical specifications

Plastic tube holder

  • Reusable: can be reused 100 times
  • Push button allowing to release the needle into a sharps container


  • Sterile, for single use
  • Length: 40 mm
  • 21 G
  • Cover
  • Piercing-cap needle with sleeve

Winged set

  • Sterile, for single use
  • Stainless steel needle with protector
  • PVC blue wings
  • Length: 19 mm
  • 23 G
  • Plastic tubing, prefered length 17.8 cm (30.5 cm also available)
  • Multiple sample Luer adaptor
  • Piercing-cap needle with sleeve

Packaging & Labelling

Needle set with wings: individual sterile peel-off packaging. Box of 50 units (4x50/cardboard).

Needles 21G: individual plastic cover (sterile). Box of 100 (10x100/cardboard).

(Cf Introduction: Packaging and labelling)

Instructions for use

Winged set

Device intended for difficult veins and newborn children.

The procedure to be followed is the same as for the needles.

Tube holder

The tube holder must be cleaned and disinfected between each patient with a 0.5% detergent-disinfectant solution for medical equipment (i.e. 25 ml = 1 stroke of dosing pump for 5 litres water).

(Cf Introduction: Disinfection and sterilization in the field)

In case of viral haemorrhagic fever, the holder is strictly for single use!

Please consult the “Manual of nursing Care Procedures, MSF, 2020” available online via the Nursing care working Group sharepoint page.


Shelf life

  • winged set: 2 years
  • needle 21G: 5 years

Waste management

Immediately after use, dispose of the soiled needle into a container for the disposal of sharps waste. Get rid of in a sharps pit.

(Cf Public Health Engineering In Precarious situations, MSF, 2010, Chapter 6)

MSF requirements

The tube holder with needle ejector allows dropping the needle into a sharps container without handling it.

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