Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?
Please vote in each section
I reuse lancets
I do not reuse lancets
Syringes or pen needles
I reuse syringes or pen needles
I do not reuse syringes or pen needles
I reuse pump supplies
I do not reuse pump supplies
I don't use an insulin pump
Continuous Sensors (if you use one)
I reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)
I do not reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)
Total votes: 816
Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?Poll dates: July 27 - August 3, 2008
Total Votes: 816
In previous years, we've asked our readers about reusing lancets and syringes (see the last poll on the topic). Beginning last year, we also asked about pump supplies and continuous sensors. The data from this year shows:
Product Lancets Syringes Pump Supplies Continuous Sensors Reuse 81% 20% 9% 37% Don't Reuse 19% 80% 91% 63%
As would be expected, the vast majority of people report reusing lancets (85%). Syringe reuse is much less common at 20%. Reuse of pump supplies is higher at 22%.
Reuse of sensors from continuous glucose monitors, which we defined as using a sensor beyond the recommended time limit, is also high. Almost two-thirds of people who use continuous sensors report using the sensors longer than recommended. With clinical trials and unpublished data from clinicians showing that sensors last longer than noted on product packaging, and given the expense of these sensors, it is not surprising that so many people report using them for extended periods of time.
The following graph summarizes the results of this year's poll:
Poll from 2008
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Compare to last year's poll, this year readers are reporting significantly less reuse of insulin pump supplies (9% versus 20%) and a dramatic reduction in the reuse (or extended wearing) of continuous sensors (37% versus 62%).Return to the current poll]
Last Updated: Sunday August 03, 2008 06:56:04
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