Safety Butterfly Needles For Blood Draw: Uses & Buying Guide

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What is a “Butterfly Needle?”

The “butterfly needle” is a blood collection device commonly used in hospitals, physician's offices, and dentist's offices to collect blood from patients safely and effectively for laboratory testing. The trademarked name for butterfly needles manufactured by Greiner Bio-One is the VACUETTE® Safety Blood Collection Set.

This type of device is often referred to as a “butterfly needle” because of its unique design, which includes a ‘wing’ on each side of the body. However, the VACUETTE® version of a butterfly needle, or VACUETTE® Safety Blood Collection Set, has additional features that make it one of the safest blood collection devices on the market.

What butterfly needles are available from Greiner Bio-One?

The VACUETTE® Safety Blood Collection Set may be purchased online or through an Account Manager and comes in a variety of tubing lengths, needle gauges and holder combinations including:

·         Tubing Lengths

o   4 inch

o   7.5 inch

o   12 inch

·         Needle Gauges

o   21G butterfly needles

o   23G butterfly needles

o   25G butterfly needles

·         Holder Combinations

o   Butterfly needles with standard holder

o   Butterfly needles with blood culture holder

Some of the most commonly purchased products can be found here:


Product Description


Tubing Length


Safety Blood Collection Set with Luer Adapter


12 in


Safety Blood Collection Set with Luer Adapter


12 in


Safety Blood Collection Set with Luer Adapter


12 in


Safety Blood Collection Set with Luer Adapter


7.5 in


Safety Blood Collection Set with Holder


12 in



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