All About Butterfly Needles
A winged needle - or butterfly needle is a sterile, disposable needle that stands out thanks to its special butterfly-shaped design. The venipuncture device consists of a thin needle that is generally made from chrome-nickel steel, a pair of flexible butterfly-shaped wings and flexible tubing with a Luer adaptor. The cannula is particularly advantageous when used for phlebotomy, as the tubes for blood collecting are not attached to the cannula itself, but rather at the end of the tubing, which is usually approx. 30 cm long.
The blood collection cannulas are secured during the procedure, which means that the medical professional can use both hands to change tubes without risking the needle from slipping. The medical devices for phlebotomy and venipuncture are ideal for use in patients with difficult vein conditions.
When applying the needle, the butterfly wings can be pushed together to allow for secure handling and guiding. As soon as the needle has entered the vein, the butterfly wings are secured to the patient's skin with help of adhesive tape. As a result, the device is guaranteed to stay in the correct position during phlebotomy procedures and the administration of medication and infusions, without the risk of piercing the venous wall.
Administrating Infusions with Butterfly Needles
The butterfly is ideal for infusions that don't need to be administered daily or several times a day. As it is easy to place and secure, the needle is perfect for short-term medication administration. The butterfly needle is a great alternative to standard IV cannulas, particularly in adult patients with thin veins, children and elderly patients, as it is available in very small sizes, is easy to apply and much shorter than e.g. the Vasofix Braunüle. Most butterfly needles are inclined to facilitate punctures at a shallow angle.
Safety Needles to Prevent Needlestick Injuries
In addition to standard butterfly cannulas, e.g., the Teqler Butterfly Needle, we offer safety venipuncture needles to prevent needlestick injuries. These safety cannulas are equipped with a built-in safety mechanism, which can be activated after puncture. Once activated, the safety shield cannot be disengaged and the needle remains irreversibly enclosed. As a result, there is no risk of the needle being accidentally reused, nor of medical staff accidentally pricking themselves on the used needle.
Multifly Blood Collection Needles
The Multifly is a special butterfly needle that is exclusively used with Sarstedt Monovette systems. At the end of the kink-resistant tube, there is an adapter to directly secure tubes for blood collection. The Multifly also exists as a safety needle for use with S-Monovette systems and offers additional protection during blood draws.
Painless Punctures with Butterfly Needles
Butterfly needles have a special precision bevel and a thin silicone coating to guarantee minimal puncture trauma, making venipuncture procedures a fairly painless process. For this reason, butterfly needles are especially suitable for use in paediatrics.
Venipuncture & Butterfly Needles at Affordable Prices
In our online medical supplies shop, you will find a large assortment of venipuncture needles in different sizes and variations. Our Venofix perfusion needles from B. Braun and the Terumo Surflo butterfly needles are particularly popular among our customers. All of our venipuncture and butterfly needles are colour-coded to so that the correct model and size can be immediately recognised. Most of the venipuncture products available from us are equipped with a needle made of high-quality chrome-nickel steel and have a micro siliconized precision bevel.