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How often do you change your needle?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Alasdair, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Great post Jonty. I too have adjusted my habits. Especially since a potential 0.9% decrease in HbA1c is up up for grabs. Anyone know of any similar research on lancet reuse?
     
  2. Alasdair

    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well you'll be glad to know that I've definitley changed my habits and now changing the needle on my pens and blood tester every day. I love a sharp needle, even if it is a little bit inconvenient :)

    Thanks for everyone's responses, confirmed what I thought I should be doing but never have. Also seems it sparked quite a debate but that's the beauty of forums!
     
  3. Chezzy89

    Chezzy89 · Member

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    I change mine after every injection (hurts more if you don't)


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  4. picklebean

    picklebean Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well I'm very happy to see people are taking enough interest in caring for themselves that they're willing to research and consider changes! This can only be a good thing!


    One thing I would add about the pain - in fact I think someone else mentioned it too - often when you get the lumps from blunt needles it is those spots that end up being your 'favourite' spots to inject because they don't hurt so much... And it becomes a vicious circle where you're using blunt needles in spots that don't hurt but are getting more and more damaged....
     
  5. Sarahg

    Sarahg · Member

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    I use a new needle everytime I inject! Was told by doctors in.hospital this was best thing to do :)

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  6. superdom

    superdom Type 1 · Member

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    I am the same as JontyW. Been doing at least 4 injections a day for over 20 years.

    Average 9 units of Novorapid 3 times a day therefore over 30 injections with the same needle, plus
    Average 19 units of Lantus Solostar before bed therefore 15 injections with the same needle.
    I have 8 injection sites on my body. They get used fairly equally. I have had the odd bruise, but don't think I have ever felt the insulin I am using is not working, so therefore will continue to max out on my single needle use.

    I don't think I have changed my finger pricking lancet at all this year. That is 5-7 blood tests a day therefore over 500 pricks. No scarring, no pain, no issues. Though I don't profess to be doing "the right thing"

    I have heard all the discussions and believe that everyone is right for their own circumstances.
     
  7. Thundercat

    Thundercat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As someone who has reused needles (not lancets) for nearly 3 decades the opinions stated in this thread have changed my thinking. It is handier and more convenient but now when I inject I can't help wondering about bacteria entering my blood stream. The new and unused needles are sterile and I guess there is a reason for that. Anyhoo, As of my next injection ( in the morning) I will be a one use only advocate

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  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know this is an old thread; but I've been thinking about this very topic and having read the posts on here I'm going to change my needle for each injection going forwards.

    I never used to worry about it really and would change only intermittently; probably when I changed the insulin cartridge in my pen.

    I'm not worried about infections I'm worried about scarring/lipodystrophy and that link showing a possible 0.9 Hba1C improvement is a great encouragement.

    So, thank you all for this; there's always something new to learn isn't there?

    Best

    Dillinger
     
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  9. KazV1

    KazV1 · Active Member

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    Every injection
     
  10. kerrygrant26

    kerrygrant26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I change my needles at every injection and always click my lancets round for finger pricking, I can't imagine the pain of using a blunt needle :arghh: it's bad enough using Lantus with a fresh needle lol
     
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  11. Leeroy1303

    Leeroy1303 · Well-Known Member

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    I change them everytime now after learning the hard way I suffer from lipos which are quite unsightly and sore

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