The Glucolet lancing device comes with the Glucometer series of meters by Bayer. It's about the size of a pen, very lightweight (about half of an ounce), and has a clip on it to hold it in place in your shirt pocket. The Glucolet uses XL sized lancets, which limits the selection of lancets you can use. For example, the highly-rated B-D Ultra Fine is unavailable in XL size.
To use the Glucolet, you pull off the top to expose the spring-loaded lancet holder. You then place the XL-sized lancet into the lancet holder and press down until you hear a click, indicating the device is cocked. After removing the safety top of the lancet, you slide the top back on. Two tops are included: the "regular" top and an "extra-depth" top. Notice that the only way to cock the Glucolet is to press the lancet into the body of the unit. This means that if you don't get an adequate puncture on the first shot, you have to remove the top, exposing the lancet top, and either carefully press the lancet down again or remove the old lancet and replace it with a new one. The lack of ability to cock the Glucolet without exposing the lancet is, in the opinion of this reviewer, a serious shortcoming.
Once cocked, almost two pounds (900 g) of pressure is needed to release the trigger. A like amount of pressure is required to cock the unit. This is beyond what little kids can do in many cases.
To remove the lancet after testing, you slide off the top and pull out the lancet by hand.
The Glucolet lancing device, because of the inability to cock it without exposing the lancet, is not recommended for children with diabetes.
- Comfort: 7 (lack of better lancets in XL format)
- Ease of Use: 8
- Safety: 1 (inability to recock without exposing lancet)
- Overall: 16
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Review updated August 28, 2005
Last Updated: Saturday December 31, 2005 11:03:44
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