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Honestly now , how often do you change your lancet

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Diabeticger, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    I'm still on the same lancet device and box of lancets that were issued to me 8 or so years ago
     
  2. Chriztopher

    Chriztopher LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I’m a newbie, testing about 7 times a day, and been changing the lancet every time (mostly because that’s what the diabetic specialist nurse told me to do) wondering if I really need to reading this :)
     
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  3. Oldvatr

    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    Technically you are doing the right thing. When you use a lancet, it punctures the skin, and the tip comes into direct contact with your blood vessels, so the advice will be similar to that given to drug addicts re syringe use. Do not share your device with anybody else, even accidentally. Keep it away from children or vulnerable people. Re-use will increase the risk of contamination, so change lancets regularly.

    Apart from that, it is still a matter of choice what you do. There is anecdotal evidence as your comment confirms, and many of us choose to re-use either for financial or comfort / ease of use / laziness and I have not seen anyone register any adverse outcome in this forum.

    I regard it as helping to reduce single use plastic waste, and I do not need my sharps bin being collected (yet). Go with what you feel is acceptable for you,
     
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  4. Chriztopher

    Chriztopher LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I must say one of my biggest “concerns” is the sheer amount of plastic waste I create now purely through diabetes treatment

    Lancets
    Needles
    Novorapid and Abasaglar pens
    Test strips
    Sharps bins

    So so much plastic
     
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  5. lmsk

    lmsk Type 1 · Member

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    Love the honesty from everyone ha ha. I can't actually remember the last time I changed mine. I've been on a cgm for 18 months so only use it for midnight hypos really but still I reckon it's gotta be nearly a year
     
  6. JMK1954

    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I put in a new lancet once a day. I have found they definitely get more blunt over time, so that's why.
     
  7. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Both Novorapid and abasaglar come in refillable pens, you might want to ask for those. Saves a lot of space in the butter compartiment too :)

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  8. Chriztopher

    Chriztopher LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Ohhh fab thanks I didn’t know that! I shall enquire when I speak to the prescribing pharmacist at my GP tomorrow!
     
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