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Harry K. Ihrig, Ph.D.
JAMA. 1958;166(8):906-907. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.62990080005010a.
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A small inexpensive sterilizer for hypodermic syringes for clinical and home use has been devised. Time and effort are saved in the preparation of assembled sterile syringes which are used with insulin and other parenterally administered drugs. At present, sterilization is done in the home by boiling the syringe in a pan of water. To prevent sticking of the plunger from salt deposits in the water, it is necessary to dismantle the syringe and reassemble it after sterilization. This often leads to contamination. Physicians requiring syringes for use on house calls must carry a sufficient number under sterile conditions, or they must sterilize the syringes by boiling them at the home of the patient. An apparatus has been designed to meet the need for a convenient syringe sterilizer.

Description of Sterilizer  Figure 1, left, is a drawing of the sterilizer operating with a 2-cc. syringe in position. The container tube


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