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Renewing lance needles

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Robbieswan, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Robbieswan

    Robbieswan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My testing kit has a pen to lance with replacement needles. Do you have to have a fresh needle every time? I have been replacing it every lance but what if I forget to change it? Thanks.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This has been asked and answered many times on this forum, so you will get some funny answers.

    I use a Accu_Chek lancing device that has a six lancet drum in it, this lasts me for about a month before I change the drum and dispose of it.

    It will not hurt by not changing the lancet for a couple of days.
     
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  3. Robbieswan

    Robbieswan Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to change my needle each time, but now I change once a day only
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Robbieswan. Opinions vary on this subject.
    Some people follow the instructions and change the lancet every time.
    Personally, and this is only me, my lancet in my pen gets changed maybe once a year, if I remember. I have to admit I do forget.
    It is a topic which always attracts different opinions and advice.
    As I say , a lancet lasts up until the point it doesn't draw blood.
    Right or wrong? You'll probably find the following threads offering various options.
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The advice is to change the lancet every time. That is perfectly sensible advice for good reasons of sterility and avoiding risks of any infection as much as possible.

    I cannot remember the last time I changed my lancet. My fingers remain perfect functional.
     
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    hankjam Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    When I remember or feel it might be a bit too blunt...
    Clean hands and don't share are the golden rules.
     
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  8. Celsus

    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Never heard yet about a diabetic who got the finger infected because of re-using the lancet on the finger pricker. (but they may exist??) The only downfall is somehow that the pain you may feel when reusing a lancet might increase, as you continue reusing the same lancet again and again. I recall when using the std meter with strips, I tended just to use the same 6-lancet pricker until the little bucket with sticks ran out, and I then changed both the lancet set and switched to a new bg measure sticks bucket. I think we had 50 sticks in that bucket. Only thing I strongly recommend is to change the lancet after you have used it to punch a hole in the eggs you boiled for lunch. It hurts fairly well when punching that now blunt lancet into your finger afterwards. ;o)
     
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    Rachox Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to use a new one for each test, but after reading previous threads on the subject I now change mine every night ready for the next day. I test between 5 and 8 times a day depending how things are.
     
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    gillkin Type 1 · Active Member

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    I test 6 to 8 times a day and can’t honestly remember the last time I changed the lancet. It would drive me mad to have to think about changing it after every test. I use the lowest setting I can to get the tiny drop of blood needed, have no painful finger pads or any issues with infections.
     
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  11. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why would you want to do that, when a knife will do the same thing to the egg. :D
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    I just bash mine on the work top.

    @Robbieswan It is up to you how often you change your finger pricker lancet. The advice is to change after each use. Very few of us do. My meter has 50 strips in a cartridge. I change my lancet every time I change my cartridge. So every 50 pricks, but only if I remember.
     
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    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for good advice @Tipetoo,
    To express my gratitude I just ordered a new fingerpricker to you, to be delivered this week by local Amazon.
    When used properly it causes much less trauma to your fingertip than the Outback Eclipse knife that I know you have used the last decade or so. It comes with a life guarantee! :D
    Amazon AU Egg Piercer.jpg
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I change mine about once a month... if I remember.
     
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    I change mine when I read a thread like this, and I want to feel like virtuous. :) OK, maybe a little more regularly.

    Spare lancets (not in the device) are very good for dealing with splinters and the like.
     
  16. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I regret throwing the lancets that came with my Freedon Lite out, as they do come in handy as makeshift tools like that.
     
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    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone ever tried to sharpen the lancets with a
    carborundum stone ?
     
  18. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Come on be serious, were not that tight fisted with money to resort to resharpening lancets. :D

    Edit: Typo.
     
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    Since there is a small septic risk, I stick my lance thru the same corner of the alcohol pad that I am reusing to basically clean it. then I carefully fold over the pad into the envelope it came from so I can reuse it next time and then ....yes, it gets reused. Why waste.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    I understood that alcohol from wipes etc can affect BG readings?
     
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