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if a needle from a blood test is not shiny, does that mean it has been used?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: There are a variety of different types of metals used in needles.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

If the needle from a blood test that does not look shiny, does it mean it has been used?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
No: Manufacturers use different practices to make the needles. Some are more polished (/="shiny") than others. You should be able to hear plastic seal snapping when cap first removed from needle, or if any concern, ask person who will be drawing blood if needle new or if will change needles.

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