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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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    I used to test on the pad of my finger but now i use the side cos it really hurts lol , but i am using the same lancet have not changed it for a while now its not blunt yet lol
     
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  2. mike@work

    [email protected] Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello!

    Agree with the oldies here - no need to change too often.
     
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  3. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I box of Multiclix lancets is about the same price as two cups of arteephartee latte's, at the Atrium Cafe at the private hospital down the road.
     
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  4. mike@work

    [email protected] Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    OK - so what you intend to say is if you reuse, you can afford a few more coffees...or...;)
     
  5. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    ...if you stop drinking them you can afford to buy the lancets.

    I drink black coffee when I go there price is around $4.50 for a black coffee.
     
  6. mike@work

    [email protected] Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have to admit - I got a little scared when you began with "if you stop drinking...",:angelic:
    Agree that black coffee, but with maybe some spices like cardamom, cinnamon or vanilla is not so bad either...:)

    OK - I'm back on track now...
     
  7. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Just black coffee, no sugar or other flavourings.
     
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  8. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    I change my lancet roughly every month or two.. Gets to a point where I get no blood so need to change
     
  9. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm also in the 'change it when it starts to feel blunt' club.
    With me, I wipe my finger with a little alcohol, then use the shallowest effective setting on the lancet- the needle hits and no blood comes out until I give the area a little squeeze, so I can't really see there being too much in the way of germs and contamination going on.
    I suppose if you had any kind of compromised immune system or if you get the lancets bloodied then you should change them every time, but otherwise, it seems ok for most to reuse.
     
  10. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    Just a heads up, alcohol wipes can affect your readings, edited to add journal reference.

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    #30 LooperCat, Apr 26, 2019 at 9:29 AM
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  11. Wilber123

    Wilber123 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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  12. Geordie_P

    Geordie_P Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, thanks: that's actually a good point. I let my fingers blow bone dry before I test and I haven't noticed any big difference when I use alcohol or just soap and water, but you are right: that's something new testers should definitely be aware of.
     
  13. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I only change the drums when they've all got blunt.. I got a box of 200 drums five years ago and haven't yet used them all...and But it's what you feel comfortable doing.

    It's the strips that are the expensive part and unfortunately you can't re-use them!:wideyed:

    And @Charis1213 - I always use my finger pad - it's a case of :inpain:OUCH!!:inpain: if I try using the side instead.

    Robbity
     
  14. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Everything you wrote in your post could have been written by me!!!!
     
  15. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I agree, I just wash my hands in plain hot water, no soap or if I’m out and about I use Diawipes, mini wet wipes soaked in 0.9% sodium chloride which doesn’t affect glucose readings:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EN2B8Z2/?coliid=I3O1RITUTO6BG7&colid=1O3CSZ2REKHFC&psc=0
    Back to the OP’s question, I change my lancets each day after my last test.
     
  16. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I sometimes think we must have been twins in another life!

    Robbity
     
  17. Ica291

    Ica291 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Lancet change.... What is this that you speak of? I think I'm on year 5....
     
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  18. endocrinegremlin

    endocrinegremlin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ch-change my what now? I used to go months. I mean the current box in the house is dated 2 years ago and it from my mum's prescription. There are the two of us in the house. It is weird though. If I go on holiday I'll take 20 of them! Currently I am changing mine more often because there is a bag in my desk drawer because I've been using them to lancet a problem with my toe.
     
  19. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Erm,........... only saying, but is poking a foot problem with a lancet a great idea?

    Lancets are just great for dealing with splinters though. :)
     
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  20. endocrinegremlin

    endocrinegremlin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am basically just using it as a small enough needle to release the puss as advised by Doctors. Then I turn it over and it is small enough to nudge the skin back while I clip the nail trying to grow in the wrong place. GP is keeping an eye on it and always in consultation.
     
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