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can I use the lancets more than once ?

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Charis1213, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Charis1213

    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    They are so expensive , I've just ordered more and its cost me £15 for lancets and testing strips .

    Cheers
     
  2. Muneeb

    Muneeb Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You are not supposed to. But I have done for many years, they become more blunt so healing of fingers may take longer if reused.
     
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  3. Charis1213

    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    do you sanitise the needle before reuse or pour boiling water over it ?
     
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    The advice I was given when first diagnosed was to use my lancet twice without any need to sterilise the needle.
    15 years later, I still try to do this, don't have sore fingers, or blunt lancets.
    I guess I may be able to use them more times but only do this when I forget to change them (or don't take enough our with me).
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't.

    However as a fairly well controlled long term T2 I don't test all day every day.

    I tend to change the lancet when I haven't tested for a while or if it starts to hurt more than expected.
     
  6. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I use them for months at a time without doing anything to clean them. I test something like 4 times a day. It's not recommended though.
     
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  7. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    I’ve just done my annual lancet change ;)
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You will get many varied answers on this subject. I use a Fastclix with the drum cylinder with 6 lancets in it. I change drum every 3 days....
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Used to change mine monthly.. now can't remember when I last did it..still have about 280 of the 300 I originally bought 3 years ago!
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I certainly don't change mine. I also use a Fastclix lancet device that has a drum of 6 lancets inside. I still have the very first box I bought, well over 4 years ago.
     
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    britishpub Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    .......when you finally end up clicking the lever, and the number goes from 6 to 5........the first "prick" is heaven :wideyed:

    Yes, I don't change my lancet too often, and still have a box of 300 well over half full.
     
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  12. Muneeb

    Muneeb Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never done that, but as others have said I use the 6 lancet drum on the accu check mobile, so if removed you cant reinsert. But even on my older machines I never sanitized the needle.
     
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    FantomPoet Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I honestly can't remember when I changed mine last. I would only click to the next one if it hurt (more than once)
     
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    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I change mi Lantus pen about once a month and change the needle at the same time Í inject twice a day. My Finger Pricker I change when it begins to heart I use FastClix and I drum lasts approx. I year I test normally twice a day with extra test for new food items as required I do not sterilize
     
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    Harrysdad Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    New year, new lancet! ;)
     
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    Charis1213 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    well thank you everyone for your replies , will use the same one then until its blunt ;)
     
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Or rusty ;)
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    On my Multiclix lancing device which has six lancets in a drum, I dial in a new lancet every time I start a new tub of fifty strips.

    They cost me around $20.00 for box of 17 x 6 lancet drums.
     
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    jillsymes66 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Me too.
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    I use them for weeks at a time too (fastclix drum type). That said I did once get cellulitis in my thumb about 3 months after diagnosis. This may have been because I stupidly did it in the middle of the pad not at the edge and it may not have been anything to do with reusing the lancet. It did bloody hurt though. I still reuse them.
     
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