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How often do you or your child change your lancet for blood glucose checks?


I use a new lancet each time






More than once a day, but not every time






Once a day






Every other day






Every three days or more












Total votes: 679

How often do you or your child change your lancet for blood glucose checks?

Poll dates: October 17 - 24, 2004
Total Votes: 679

In a recent poll, 75% 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 from 2004, which has a section on needle reuse.

  Photo - click for larger image.
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.

The table below compares results of last week's poll with the same poll run in 2003.

Answer Oct 2004 Jan 2003
Each time 14% 27%
More than once a day 8% 10%
Once a day 20% 22%
Every other day 4% 4%
Every three days or more 24% 24%
Other 18% 13%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:58
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