What is the best BCIR irrigation syringe that you use? I have used a few different kinds of syringes over the years and have tested each for a span of time. New with the BCIR, I was using the standard Piston Irrigation Syringe 60 cc. I think this is the one they send you home with from the hospital too. However, using this kind of syringe I have two issues. For one, they seem to wear out in about 4 months or so, meaning the plunger action gets too tough to compress. Maybe the rubber gets too coarse and causes extra drag when you push down on the plunger. The second issue is that it always worried me that while compressing the plunger my hand might slip and jab my BCIR while intubated. This was a bigger concern once the syringe began to wear down and I would have to apply extra pressure.
For me, I have found that the 60 cc Bulb Irrigation Syringe works best. Basically because of the two issues stated above. For one, these never wear out, and they clean easily. It’s also easy to pop off the bulb to add water. Secondly, there is no worry about jabbing myself as the pressure is perpendicular to your BCIR as opposed to parallel (like the standard syringe). It take little effort to squeeze the bulb on top.
And there you have it. Get yourself a turkey baster today! (BCIR Bulb Irrigation Syringe)