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Lancet needles

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Covlocks, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. Covlocks

    Covlocks · Active Member

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    How often do you change your lancet needles?

    I guess I’m pretty lazy, but if you are out and about changing needles for a quick BS check is a faff, so sometime I can re-use it a good few times.

    So how many times do you re-use yours - I mean it’s only used by you, and you keep it clean in your pocket - don’t you.......
     
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  2. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think from previous posts, it's until it hurts, then swap it out.

    Which reminds me, I need to change mine.
     
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  3. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    I use a fastclix barrel so no hassle at all involved.

    That said, til i remember or it hurts is also my answer too.

    Obviously the “correct” and official answer should be every test.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    2 or 3 times a year when I remember..
     
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  5. Covlocks

    Covlocks · Active Member

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    Wow - must be like trying to shove a blunt pencil into your finger
     
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  6. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Nope.. they stay sharp for ages..
     
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    When I was first diagnosed, I was advised to change my lancet every other time I used it.
    Over the years, I have changed it less and less. Now it is when I remember so it could be every few days or it could be one a week. It is definitely before and after my partner decides to do a test.
    I too have FastClix - it is little effort to change if I have any spikes left in the cartridge but I would need to carry spare cartridges around with me.

    I know some people with diabetes change their lancet every 29th February
     
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  8. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I think about every 3 months but I can't remember last time I did so it was probably longer ago.
    I test 3 or 4 times a day usually.
     
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  9. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    Well I don't bother with a device for lancing so I use a bare lancet. I usually change whenever it hurts or whenever I think that maybe my lancet has been contaminated by my previous blood tests. Not even sure of the latter is a thing but if I'm sceptical about the result I change my lancet. When my meter dies (every couple of years) the new one comes with a lot of free lancets so am not sure when I last bought new ones....
     
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    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was following the "change it when it hurts" route but realised that it was ages since I changed it.
    So I changed it, and the new one hurts more.
    Go figure!
     
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  11. Ronancastled

    Ronancastled Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Love the Fastclix too.
    First time I used it though I thought the upper dial was puncture depth & clicked it straight onto 6.
    Facepalm.
     
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  12. Riva_Roxaban

    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I change my FastClix lancet once a week when I open a new container of strips
     
  13. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Rarely... must have been months now, but I am only testing once a day now
     
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    UK T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Going to be the odd one out but I change it every time, other than in very rare occasions when I can't or forget. I find it hurts when I reuse a lancet or needle so am in the habit of changing both every single time!
     
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  15. Struma

    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I change FastClix drums (6 lancets) every 6 days. Roughly 1 lancet per 4 tests.
     
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