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Advised to reuse lances? Is that right?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by NatJS, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. NatJS

    NatJS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    At a recent appointment with my diabetic nurse I succeeded in being prescribed a meter and strips, but when I asked about lances I was told there were plenty in the box with the meter and I could just reuse them anyway. Is that really right? My instinct is to use once and replace to maintain good hygiene, but the nurse said it would be fine. What do you do?
     
  2. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm lucky if I change mine once a month. have done for 27+ years, its not an issue I promise
     
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  3. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    Ha. Once a month? Every five years when the lancing thingy breaks... :bag:
     
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  4. Lorraine1973

    Lorraine1973 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I change mine when I remember to did it lol
     
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  5. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I change mine each time I start a new pot of strips.
     
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  6. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Use the lance more than once, a lot more than once.
     
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  7. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    Though the scree that comes with lancets advises that they are for single use only I like most people here do reuse them a lot without problems.

    Just thought I'd add if by some mischance you do get an infection if you have reused the lancet you cannot complain to the manufacturer obviously.
     
  8. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I have about 1000 of the individual blue kind which I change every time I test but when they are all used up I put them in a steamer for half an hour or so to sterilise them and I use them again.
     
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  9. satindoll

    satindoll Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Unless you have elephant hide type skin which would blunt the needle in one use, providing you have cleaned your hands before testing then I see no reason for changing the needle every time, I change mine once a week if I remember or if it hurts more than usual.
     
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  10. Salvia

    Salvia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I'm the same as satindoll, change once a week as a rule, or when it hurts (which usually means I forgot to change it the week before).
     
  11. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Only change mine when I say ow !
    CAROL
     
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    RosieLKH Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was just me using them more than once, though I have to say they are always on my repeat prescription and I am shocked that any nurse would say to reuse them as an official line.
     
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    Ultramum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Me too
     
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  14. zand

    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    Can't remember when I last changed mine. I've never had any problems.
     
  15. Struma

    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Single use only for myself.

    Someone has previously posted a photo on this subject, afraid I can't remember who.

    I guess it's what we each feel most 'comfortable' with.
     
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    Your nurse should not have told you to reuse as they are classified as single use only. They do go blunt after a couple of uses and I find they hurt then. I tend to change each day.
     
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  17. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    Because we all seem to misuse them it doesn't make it ok . They are classified as single use to guard against infection. How quickly they go blunt has nothing to do with it.

    as @pattifaye says the nurse should not have given the advise she did.
     
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  18. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I have just run out - I think that a box of 100 is about £7, so I will go get more.
    I only use them once - I play guitar and recorder - I would find both a lot harder to do if I got an infected finger. The sewing and knitting would suffer too.
    Changing every time has meant that I have not had as much as a twinge - ever.
    After over 5 months of testing my finger tips remain unchanged - I hope that will continue.
     
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  19. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    I change mine once a day, usually first thing in the morning.

    TBH how often you change the lancet is a personal choice, but the manufacturers do state that they are for single use.
     
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    Hammer1964 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi NatJS my nurse told me they are once only use as they become blunt and to reduce infection.
     
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