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Old 12-18-2010, 02:08   #1
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I've heard from a number of people that they reuse their lancets more than one time. At least one person claimed they used the same one for months at a time. My sister was recently told she is prediabetic and has started to check her blood sugars at my insistence. She mentioned to the pharmacist what I told her about resuing lancets and he was shocked. He mentioned that sepsis is a real danger even though the same person is using the lancet. He claimed it's still a dirty needle. That makes sense so now I'm thinking I should change my lancet each time. It only takes a few seconds if there is a danger. What's the consensus out there?

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The only time I ever change my lancet is when I test someone else - one of the kids or DH. Then I also put in a new one for myself when we've finish testing everyone else. Otherwise it's just one more unnecessary step in my opinion . . . I think if I make testing too long an ordeal or too big a hassle, I'll find myself putting it off, even when I know I need to test.

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I'm with Shanny.. I only change it if someone else is getting tested.


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I have 6 lancing devices and every morning I put new lancets in them. I like to use a fresh lancet to test. Just something I want to do. Once I use the lancing device, I put it in a black make-up bag and that is how I know not to use the lancet again.

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Old 12-18-2010, 04:11   #5
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I change it every once in a while. Usually after a reading that I don't like the results of though lol

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Yep, me, too. I RARELY change them.

Speaking of which, I noticed I am on the last freebie pen needle the CDE gave me with my sample pen ... 6 months ago. She had given me what, 8 or 10? If you handle them carefully you do not to re-use those, either (you have to purge the pen each time you change needles, it wastes insulin).

No sepsis here, either.

As regards sepsis, please be sure to keep your feet clean and fungus-free!!! My husband got MRSA or erysepalis or somethign that #@$~2 near killed him, due to a skin breach from a fungal infection.

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Old 12-18-2010, 17:02   #7
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I change mine when they seem to get dull and hurt more. I think it was about every ten times. That is when I was testing every day, now that I only test twice a week I change them every other week.

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I used to change my lancet each time when I first got into all this. 17 months into this and I'm changing my lancet each time I replace a strip drum in my Compact Plus.

Changing your lancet each time is good advice...on the whole.

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I change my lancet about once per week. No problems so far.

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I change my lancet each time. They cost me almost nothing and it makes me feel a little safer. Maybe I'm just paranoid.

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you didn't do anything wrong. Just remember that getting poked is an unnatural thing for you body and sometimes it just has to say that it didn't like that.
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