How often do you or your child change your lancet for blood glucose tests?
I use a new lancet for each blood test
More than once a day, but not every test
Once a day
Every other day
Every three days or more
Total votes: 727
How often do you or your child change your lancet for blood glucose tests?Poll dates: January 12 - 19, 2003
Total Votes: 727
In a recent poll, 74% of people report reusing lancets. Based on this poll, it looks like people are giving their lancets quite a workout. Just about half of the people who responded to this poll report using one lancet for at least a full day. One in five report changing a lancet after three days or more.
As lancets and syringe needles have become thinner in recent years, their ability to stand up to repeated use has declined. Syringe and lancet maker BD has used photomicrographs of needles after six uses, showing the tip bent back into a fish hook shape, to caution against reuse. That image is reproduced on the right.
When a needle or lancet is bent over like this, it can cause additional trauma. In the case of lancets, that can mean more pain at the finger tips (or alternate sites). If you reuse lancets and getting blood starts hurting more than usual, it's definitely time to change the lancet.
For more information, see the ADA's Position Statement on Insulin Administration, which has a section on needle reuse.
Photomicrograph from BD showing close up of insulin syringe needle after reuse. The same bending occurs in the newest thin lancets. Click for a larger image.
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:20
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