Right now, your body’s some 30 trillion cells are carrying 39 trillion microbes. That’s not a bad thing, since we need most of those microbes to stay healthy. Medical environments are a dynamic environment that presents certain health risks, so specialized tools are needed to protect everyone’s health around commonplace microbes. Sealed sterile vials are one of those tools.
Sealed Sterile Vials: The Basics
Sealed sterile vials are used in lab, medical, and pharmaceutical settings. They are used for collecting samples in a bacteria-free environment. The equipment used to make sterile vials is sterilized, and each vial is sealed to prevent contamination. The most common vials are small 10mL serum style glass containers sealed with a rubber stopper (called a septum) and an aluminum seal.
How Sealed Sterile Vials Contribute to Safety
Sealed sterile vials are especially important in hospitals and research facilities. Any fluid that could be considered a biohazard, such as blood, needs to be collected and stored so it won’t be contaminated – and won’t contaminate others. A sterile syringe is used to collect the sample. The needle on the syringe punctures the rubber stopper, then the stopper reseals itself when the needle is taken out. (Lab technicians collecting sterile samples should wear appropriate gloves throughout the collection process.)
Options for Sealed Sterile Vials
Med Lab Supply carries a variety of sealed sterile vials made of Type 1 borosilicate glass in both amber and clear glass options. They are pre-assembled with butyl stoppers and color coded aluminum seals. Whether you need basic lab supplies, complex equipment, or USP Grade chemicals, you can rely on Med Lab Supply for all your laboratory & research needs.