How often do you change lancets?

By Turtle Latest Reply 2015-09-09 19:25:15 -0500
Started 2009-12-13 10:48:31 -0600

How often do you change the lancet in your metor? I was told to change mine every day and I did at first then it seemed like such a waste. Now I change it when it starts hurting to poke. Like maybe it is dull? I test 4x per day.


48 replies

esagman 2015-09-09 19:17:13 -0500 Report

I just started testing 2 weeks ago and I used the typical American way…use it first and then read the instructions. I wondered why I was sent so many lancers. I also have not bothered with washing my hands just prior to testing because my hands are always in water. I think I will start to wash just because it makes sense. My needle is still sharp after 2 weeks, and no pain at all. I now know I am not checking by the book. I just want to make sure I won't have problems doing it my way. Thanks for everyone's input.

AuntieBear 2011-04-11 02:24:34 -0500 Report

I do not always use an alcohol wipe on my finger, but I always use a new lancet. That is what my doctor told me to do. Change the lancet everytime. So I change it everytime.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-22 22:32:53 -0600 Report

I don't use as much care in testing as I did—but the alcohol swabs did toughen my fingeers so they didn't get sore, may have to go back to that—-less pain, more than being sterile. I do wash a lot tho—-PR

Turtle 2009-12-22 21:31:36 -0600 Report

I do not use alcohol swabs cuz it dries out my fingers too much but I was frequently. Having a dog, I believe it is only proper to pick up after him when he goes potty and believe me, even tho my hands do not get in it, I wash. PSYCH!!!

packrat2 2009-12-22 17:03:57 -0600 Report

I think I will change my lancet in 2010, it is a little dull…

Elrond 2009-12-22 15:58:53 -0600 Report

Actually, I use a fresh lancet for each test and I test 8 times a day. But my lancets are supplied by the VA and I don't have to pay for them. I also wash with a foaming antibacterial soap. Uncle Wally has it fairly cheap and with all those tests, I really don't want to risk infection. My biggest problem is sore fingers. Since I type for a living, this can be a real drawback. My doctor tells me that the meters that allow 'alternate sites' aren't accurate enough to suit her. And the VA downloads the data from my meter at each visit so I have to use the meter they supply. (Accuchek)

spiritwalker 2009-12-22 16:41:55 -0600 Report

I use a lancet until its dull. I test 4-6 times per day. I use a
special liquid hand soap the D. center recommended. I also
use alcohol pads.

ptsparkle 2009-12-22 15:38:53 -0600 Report

You mean after 20+yrs, you can change those needles?? No wonder it hurts so much!

Deb-G 2009-12-22 15:51:24 -0600 Report

lol…glad i'm not the only one that is bad about changin um out…I've never found testing to be sensitive…maybe i'm just numb? lol

Turtle 2009-12-22 00:02:45 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone for a very good discussion with lots of variations in ideas. I think I have tried most of them most of the time. I think I will choose to change them more frequently because they hurt more when I go too long.
Thank you again everyone.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-22 10:09:44 -0600 Report

I hadn't noticed that using them too many times, dulls them, guess I change pretty often, but will now be aware—-thanks! Pat R

ONeil 2009-12-16 22:39:32 -0600 Report

I change my lancets every day so that I don't have any trouble . and all to save money. but I test my 4 time a day. if I need to I will change my lancets sooner.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-15 00:03:06 -0600 Report

I used to be picky about sticking, clean the area with alcohol, change lancet each time—-now I just poke for several times, then change, do not keep track or even use alcohol swabs——too lazy, I used more alcohol than anything, almost—-tired of being so strict, so am getting by anyway and my fingers haven't fallen off yet. I figure that as much as I work outside and get stuck with sticks etc, may come inside and apply something—-to wash out the germs, but they have already entered my body thru the broken skin, I do try to use common sense tho! PR

Crashnot 2009-12-15 07:49:42 -0600 Report

I haven't used alcohol since I was 16, nearly 30 years ago! I have very dry skin and the alcohol was drying it so badly it would crack open. My endo's nurse told me I'd actually have to scrub for 15 minutes to truly kill the germs, so don't worry about it. And I never have. Now, I THINK she may have been exaggerating with the 15 minute thing to win my over, but a simple hand washing if I have been outside is all I do. Generally, if I'm just getting ready to drive the car or whatever, I don't even wash.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-15 11:50:56 -0600 Report

Thanks, I have SETTLED down a lot since I was first diagnosed—-and feel more relaxed now that I don't anticipate those little germs sliding in too! I have fought a lot of stuff, so think I have a pretty good immune system! PR

centrider 2009-12-16 01:24:37 -0600 Report

I wash my hands dozens of time a day, kinda humming Happy Birthday to Me, twice. That will take care of all the bacteria/viruses one would be concerned with.

Forget the antibacterial soap - waste of money. If I'm home, many times I use dish washing soap as opposed to dish washer soap(prel for example).

Deb-G 2009-12-22 15:50:15 -0600 Report

Speaking of the dish soap…I have dish soap foamers in every room…It beats the antibacterial hand soaps hands down and smells soooo nice…I favor the lime foam…I'm not a germaphobe , i just like the smell and the rich lather :)

Kirla 2009-12-14 19:46:32 -0600 Report

I used to change them once a day. Now I change them whenever they start to sting. Maybe every 3 or 4 months. Can't remember the last time I changed mine. Probley several months ago. I test 6 plus times a day. They last a long time.

Crashnot 2009-12-14 20:31:18 -0600 Report

You can go a scary long time before the tip is truly worn. I know I'm overdue when the tip curls back a bit.

dyanne 2009-12-14 23:35:06 -0600 Report

Well it's nice to know I'm not alone . I guess we can belong to the non change club !!!! LOL

dietcherry 2009-12-14 17:42:20 -0600 Report

Honestly, any medical professional is going to tell you to discard the lancet/needle after each use because that is the most sanitary way and the way it is done in a medical setting. But if you clean site first with alcohol prep, you are getting rid of enough germs (not all) to make sharps safe to reuse. Discomfort enters the picture when you have worn off the silicone coating that is there for ease of insertion.

SkipT 2009-12-13 19:44:36 -0600 Report

You're supposed to change them? Actually I keep using the same one until it gets dull. Throwing them out after each use is just a waste of money. Reusing a lancet will not cause any problems with you readings. I have done it for the last 4 years now.

Deb-G 2009-12-22 14:43:00 -0600 Report

I test 6-8 times a day and change um out weekly…I know its best to change them dialy…I'm just lazy lol…I dont notice it hurts more or less, and i've never had an infection from it in 27 years of doing it…so I guess you cant teach an old dog new tricks lol

ONeil 2009-12-23 05:07:27 -0600 Report

I would not say that , I feel that if you feel contalble on what you are doing well so be it everyone is different on what they do. like I do change mine everyday but that is me. well be safe and take care.

centrider 2009-12-13 15:47:25 -0600 Report

I change lancets after every test. Not only does the lancet degrade after each puncture, but you increase the chance of infection.

Crashnot 2009-12-13 14:39:43 -0600 Report

I'm really bad. I test on average 8-10 times a day. I probably put in a new lancet every 20 days. I just don't keep track of where I'm at, so when it starts to bounce off my finger instead of poke it, it's time to change! In the 30 years I've been testing I've never had an infection, and I work with horses, dogs, cats, and in the garden on a daily basis!

PAT L 2009-12-13 11:52:36 -0600 Report

You need to change the lancet once a day so that bugs do not grow on the needle. An if you reuse then they will stuck in your fingers an you have a problem.. so change them everyday…

salmanda 2009-12-13 11:08:30 -0600 Report

Hi Turtle,
I have gone from changing every few days to once a day. I find the lancet needle gets dull, and I can feel the stick more when I don't change it every day. My diabetes nurse said that it really should be changed once a day.
When I first was diagnoses and began testing, a friend told me she used hers for a long time before changing the lancet. Also, it would depend on how many times a day you test.
I guess it is up to you, but I know for me that it is more comfortable to do it daily.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-13 11:08:13 -0600 Report

The ones I use are pre-loaded in a drum, so when I use it I just turn to the next one. But I like using a fresh one everytime I have to do my bloodsugar. But everyone does it different, so to each their own. Especially when you have to pay out of pocket.