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how often should you change the lancet in your finger pricker

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by jamesmacc, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use disposable one-use lancets, I can't bear the idea of puncturing my skin with a needle that has had umpteen previous lots of blood on it eww.

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  2. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A new one every time for me
     
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  3. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I just change mine whenever I feel like a new one, usually every 2-3 months.
     
  4. Desbrina

    Desbrina Other · Well-Known Member

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    I usually change mine on every use unless I've not managed to draw enough blood. I have a fast clix so it has 6 lancets in the drum and I can change the lancet with flick of a switch.
     
  5. MellitusTrap

    MellitusTrap Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used to change about once every 6 months
    Doctor said I should change every time.
    1) risk of infection
    2) sharper lancet hurts less
     
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  6. steve_p6

    steve_p6 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Next thing you know they will be telling us to change needles every time!
     
  7. PD Oz

    PD Oz Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just about every time. If not then I find the sites develop callouses and it is harder to get a good clean and quick sample or none at all. The tip must just bounce off the hardened patch!
     
  8. Sucre Bleu

    Sucre Bleu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What are these drums of which ye speak?
     
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    Mrs Vimes Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  10. Andy-Sev

    Andy-Sev Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I put a new one in my device before I go to bed each night and that usually sees me through 24 hours unless I find the one I put in causing too much pain when doing bloods.
     
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  11. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    In one sense I change my needle every time but I don't throw them away. I put them in a used box and when they have all been used I put them in a steamer for half an hour. This means that I don't waste the sharp ones and they are sterilised.

    Every now and again I come across a bent or blunt one and then they go in the sharps bin. I still have about a thousand.
     
  12. MellitusTrap

    MellitusTrap Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    On the accu chek "mobile" glucose monitor (other monitors are available), the finger pricker is quite clever.

    You don't put in a new lancet each time you change. Instead you insert into the tip of the finger pricking device a small drum that has 6 hidden lancets inside.

    Then use as normal, flicking a switch for a new lancet each time you want one and when you've used the 6 you just replace the tiny drum.

    Dr prescribes them for me.
     
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  13. Alisonjane10

    Alisonjane10 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @jamesmacc. I remember asking exactly the same question on the forum when I was diagnosed early this year. As a newbie, it was a sharp learning curve with ALL diabetes management topics. I used to fastidiously change my lancet after every test. And at the beginning of this diabetic journey, I was testing on average 10 times a day. So, I was using a lot of lancets. I changed at every test because I was aware that the risk of infection to diabetics is increased during any kind of invasive/skin penetrating procdure. Plus, poor healing flesh, due to higher than normal blood glucose, increased the risks further. Well, once I realised that changing lancets was viewed quite casually by many experienced forum members, without their hands dropping off from rampant infection, I lightened up a tad. Now I change my lancet at the end of every day, if I remember. But to be honest, normal good hand hygiene is enough to protect me when pricking, or in life generally. There are still times when I haven't got access to somewhere I can wash my hands and I need to test. Like, when I'm in the car. So, I lick the finger & wipe it dry on my trousers. :shy: Ho hum! No Ones perfect. Lol. :meh:

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  14. PseudoBob77

    PseudoBob77 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oooo manky lancets. Gross......
    In my 27 years of diabetes, yes i have had my phase of changing them once in a blue moon, bad habbit
     
  15. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Guru

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    What an unnecessary comment.
    Presumably you thought it was witty.
     
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  16. Sucre Bleu

    Sucre Bleu Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone that replied. as soon as it was described I knew what was meant. When I was an inpatient and they were updating my meter, just a brief explanation and it was apparent it was not suitable for my vision impairment.
    I was issued with a new Accu-Chek Softclix which has a basic in n out lancet exchange. Having said that and reading some thoughts about non frequent replacing, I am going to make more of an effort. So big thanks!!
     
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  17. RuthW

    RuthW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Next year. It's a Leap Year.
     
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  18. Hirstygirl

    Hirstygirl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My healthcare team do tell me not to re use lancets or needles due to the reasons stated above, so I change every time I test, sometimes using 8-10 per day.
     
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  19. Celsus

    Celsus Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    OK - lets look at this from another angle:

    Please reply if you ever had an infection in your finger tip due to having punched the hole with your finger pricker to measure bg?
    I have had IDDM for 40+ years, never had one case ever.

    Also fun to think back, how it was taught to you as deeply religious discipline and of absolute hyper importance to swipe your injection site with an alcohol disinfectant swab before injecting your insulin. From like 10 years ago it was then made clear from clinical evidence, it was actually better for your health and skincare NOT to do so.

    Btw for those that responded above that they found it important always to wash your hands before finger pricking. You need disinfectant and you need sterile use-once-only towels to avoid smearing bacteria onto your hands after a wash. And that you typically do not have in a private setting.
     
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  20. jane1987

    jane1987 · Newbie

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    i recently bought the glucometer and got only a dozen or so lancets. If i check my blood sugar 2-4 times a week, i will finish them within 2 months.
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