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  Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?  
  Please vote in each section  
  Lancets  
      I reuse lancets  
  14%     48  
      I do not reuse lancets  
  3%     10  
  Syringes or pen needles  
      I reuse syringes or pen needles  
  2%     7  
      I do not reuse syringes or pen needles  
  11%     38  
  Pump supplies  
      I reuse pump supplies  
  4%     14  
      I do not reuse pump supplies  
  25%     83  
      I don't use an insulin pump  
  10%     33  
  Continuous Sensors (if you use one)  
      I reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)  
  15%     49  
      I do not reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)  
  15%     51  

Total votes: 333
 

Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?

Poll dates: July 21 - 28, 2010
Total Votes: 333

In previous years, we've asked our readers about reusing lancets and syringes. In this poll, we also asked about pump supplies and continuous sensors. The data from this year shows:

ProductLancetsSyringesPump SuppliesContinuous Sensors
Reuse83%16%14%49%
Don't Reuse17%84%86%51%

As would be expected, the vast majority of people report reusing lancets (83%). Syringe reuse is much less common at 16%. Reuse of pump supplies is about the same -- 14%.

Reuse of sensors from continuous glucose monitors, which we defined as using a sensor beyond the recommended time limit, is also high. Half 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 With clinical trials and unpublished data from clinicians showing that sensors last longer than noted on product packaging, and given the expense of these sensors, it is not surprising that so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 2010
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Compare to the same poll in 2008, this year readers are reporting much more resuse of CGM supplies -- 49% in 2010 versus 37% in 2008.

Poll from 2008
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Last Updated: Tuesday July 27, 2010 18:19:22
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