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 so
When the lancet hurts too much
When the lancet is so dull that it stops puncturing my skin
Total votes: 599
How often do you or your child change your lancet for blood glucose checks?Poll dates: October 16 - 23, 2005
Total Votes: 599
Ask adults with type 1 diabetes how often they change their lancet and you're likely to get a chuckle as a response. We added two new response options to capture this reality and -- to no surprise -- more people change only when the lancet bounces off the skin (22%) as change for every glucose check (19%).
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.
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 over the past years.
Answer Oct 2005 Oct 2004 Jan 2003 Each time 21% 14% 27% More than once a day 12% 8% 10% Once a day 21% 20% 22% Every other day 3% 4% 4% Every three days or more 8% 24% 24% When the lancet hurts too much 9% -- - When the lancet is so dull that it stops puncturing my skin 22% -- - Other 2% 18% 13%
Note: Obvious duplicate votes were removed from the final tally.
Last Updated: Sunday October 23, 2005 10:54:53
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