Definition : Devices designed to deliver small controlled quantities of substances or other supplies. Dispensers usually consist of an enclosure made of metal, plastic or a combination of these with an opening to obtain the required substance or supply. Dispensers may be battery powered or hand operated; they are intended to deliver accurate quantities of the supply and/or to avoid the user's contact with the remaining supplies. These devices may be mounted on the wall, on a tabletop or installed as self-standing dispensers. Dispensers are used in healthcare to deliver multiuse supplies (e.g., medications, soap, towelettes, gloves). Dedicated dispensers intended for use in dental offices (e.g., amalgam), clinical laboratories (e.g., acids, microscope slides), and other specialty areas are also available.
UMDC code : 11283