lancets

10fluffy35
By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2015-06-07 21:08:05 -0500
Started 2014-01-08 13:49:13 -0600

How often does everybody change their lancet?


40 replies

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:00:26 -0500 Report

I change mine with every test because I equate the hygene with washing your hands after wiping your butt. Then go eat some french fries. Wait a minute. If you are gonna wipe your butt and then eat french fries, wash your hands first. It's the same for me for changing the lancet with each test. Sometimes I get lazy and won't do it. I have read where some diabetecs on change thier lancets about twice a year and they test 5-8 times a day…THAT'S GROSS.

denipink57
denipink57 2014-01-11 17:21:20 -0600 Report

i change mine every time i change my vial of insulin. i used to change it every time i took a shot but then a girlfriend told me she used each of her needles twice before taking a new one so i tried that for a while. i am happy with changing it every time i change my vial. it works fine for me this way.

ljdev3
ljdev3 2014-01-10 13:54:12 -0600 Report

My doctor has me use one lancet 3 times a day. He said I would get a more accurate reading. I agree, because I used the lancet until it became uncomfortable, and it does have a big difference in the way the reading turns out.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-01-11 14:35:04 -0600 Report

That's interesting - has anyone else found that using the same lancet gives you more accurate readings? ~Lynn @Glucerna

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-10 12:30:30 -0600 Report

I use my lancet until it becomes uncomfortable to use. Usually it will last about 5-10 sticks. So that depends on how often you test. Sometimes I get one that doesn't last so long. But if it hurts to test, it's time to change.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-01-10 08:44:44 -0600 Report

my insurance covers at 100% for 10 * a day, but old habits die hard, I would use them until I lost the damn thing. I had the same box of 100 for years. And I've never used a device, I still free hand stick myself

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-10 10:46:38 -0600 Report

I don't have the nerve to just stick myself! I'm a big baby when it comes to things like that.

If that needle didn't just jump out and bite me, I would never test!

Maybe one day I will grow up…

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-09 23:40:14 -0600 Report

I started out changing lancets every time I tested. Then I ran out at the wrong time for them to be refilled. So I cleaned my last few with alcohol, and reused them a second time.

Since then I have found a local pharmacy that sell 100 lancets for $2.17. Not bad, so I stocked up on some.

Too bad we cannot reuse the test strips! That's the worst part. My God they can be expensive.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2014-01-09 13:00:18 -0600 Report

i know this is probably not the best practice, but i usually wait until the lancet is so dull it doesn't draw any blood. i have been doing it for years and haven't had any problems. however, that isn't what most people will recommend. to each their own.

jarett88
jarett88 2014-01-08 19:21:15 -0600 Report

My doc told me a least once a week. Since been poking for over 30 years I couldn't even tell you the last time. Doc not happy.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-01-08 18:04:04 -0600 Report

I just read an article talking about reasons why many people don't test, or don't test very often, in a journal for diabetes educators. One of the reasons was pain with testing, and the biggest causes of pain are reusing lancets and not using a lancet with an adjustable puncture depth. The guideline as other have said is to use a new lancet with every test. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:08:05 -0500 Report

I understand about the pain. I have thick, calloused skin and I have to set my lancing device on the deepest setting and I have to press hard on my fingetip to get blood. Sometimes I hit a nerve ending and then I feel it for the next 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I hit a capillary and then I need a band-aid.

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:08:04 -0500 Report

I understand about the pain. I have thick, calloused skin and I have to set my lancing device on the deepest setting and I have to press hard on my fingetip to get blood. Sometimes I hit a nerve ending and then I feel it for the next 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I hit a capillary and then I need a band-aid.

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:08:03 -0500 Report

I understand about the pain. I have thick, calloused skin and I have to set my lancing device on the deepest setting and I have to press hard on my fingetip to get blood. Sometimes I hit a nerve ending and then I feel it for the next 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I hit a capillary and then I need a band-aid.

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:08:03 -0500 Report

I understand about the pain. I have thick, calloused skin and I have to set my lancing device on the deepest setting and I have to press hard on my fingetip to get blood. Sometimes I hit a nerve ending and then I feel it for the next 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I hit a capillary and then I need a band-aid.

Dan K.
Dan K. 2015-06-07 21:07:56 -0500 Report

I understand about the pain. I have thick, calloused skin and I have to set my lancing device on the deepest setting and I have to press hard on my fingetip to get blood. Sometimes I hit a nerve ending and then I feel it for the next 10 minutes or so. Sometimes I hit a capillary and then I need a band-aid.

PaigeRCD
PaigeRCD 2014-01-08 18:01:38 -0600 Report

Used to do it like once or twice a week, but now (year eleven as a diabetic!) I guess my fingers must be too callused & I change them every time. Even then, it's sometimes a struggle to get any blood out!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-01-08 17:53:01 -0600 Report

My norm is new one every time…however if I am doing a 2-3hour every 15 minute test of a food I usually just keep using the same one.
After having a battle with MRSA (not caused by any lancet) I tend to be cautious.

dagger1234
dagger1234 2014-01-08 16:31:09 -0600 Report

I change it every two use.. My diabetic counselor told me I can change it whenever I feel necessary but to be on the safe side for me, every 2nd use.

rdhorn
rdhorn 2014-01-08 16:10:06 -0600 Report

Hi, you should change it before every use. I'm sure most users don't do that however. I test 2 times daily, so I do change the lancet before every use.

ljdev3
ljdev3 2014-01-10 14:03:28 -0600 Report

I was changing before every test, cause I test 3 times a day, and my box of Lancets says to use one Lancet 3 times a day. I took it as using only one Lancet for the 3 times I have to take my blood sugar tests, for that day. I will have to ask my Doctor, how she wants that done.