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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  
  19%     37  
      I do not reuse lancets  
  4%     8  
  Syringes or pen needles  
      I reuse syringes or pen needles  
  4%     8  
      I do not reuse syringes or pen needles  
  12%     24  
  Pump supplies  
      I reuse pump supplies  
  4%     7  
      I do not reuse pump supplies  
  22%     43  
      I don't use an insulin pump  
  8%     15  
  Continuous Sensors (if you use one)  
      I reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)  
  17%     33  
      I do not reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)  
  12%     24  

Total votes: 199
 

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

Poll dates: July 18 - 25, 2012
Total Votes: 199

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
Reuse82%25%14%58%
Don't Reuse18%75%86%42%

As would be expected, the vast majority of people report reusing lancets (82%). Syringe reuse is much less common at 25%. Reuse of pump supplies is even less -- 14%.

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 With clinical trials and unpublished data from clinicians showing that sensors last longer than noted on product packaging, and given the expense of these sensors, it is not surprising that so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:

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Last Updated: Wednesday July 25, 2012 15:04:22
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