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Definition : Small-diameter, hollow cylinders designed for the transfer of materials, typically liquids or gases. These devices may be rigid, semirigid, or flexible; they are typically made of metals, metal alloys, rubber, plastics, or glass with different structures (e.g., one-ply, braided, reinforced) according to the intended use. Tubing is usually available in standardized lengths and in a variety of diameters and wall thicknesses (i.e., gauges) that can be cut into segments of different sizes (i.e., tubes); the tubes may be shaped or modified in other ways (e.g., by attaching connectors) appropriate for a given device and/or application in the healthcare facility (e.g., intravenous fluid administration tubes, laboratory tubes).

Entry Terms : "Ventilator Tubing" , "Inhalation Therapy Tubing" , "Hoses"

UMDC code : 14238

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