Guidelines

Can you reuse finger pricks?

Can you reuse finger pricks?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommends against reusing any lancet, particularly if it happens to involve more than one person. No kidding. Sharing needles is, of course, a whole different ballgame: Just don’t do it.

How many times can I use a lancet?

The lancets are only ever used once. Some types of “lancet holders” are designed to be used to test more than one person, while others are meant to be used to test only one person.

Is finger pricking safe?

Finger-pricking devices are safe when individuals are using their own device. A risk of cross-infection can only occur when the blood of an infected patient remains on the device and contaminates the sharp lancet as it pierces the skin of the next patient.

Can you use a lancet more than once?

Officially, all lancets are single use. Though reusing is a fact of life, and many people do it. People often do it to save money, or if they are running out and won’t be able to buy more. Just like everything else, you need to be smart and do it in moderation.

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Which finger is used for glucose test?

Recommended finger: the World Health Organisation recommends the middle or ring fingers are used for blood glucose tests (second and third fingers). You may want to avoid using your little finger due to the skin being thin.

Does lancet hurt?

Each lancet starts out nice and sharp. But if you use the same one repeatedly for your diabetes blood sugar testing, as many people try to do, it can become dull. This doesn’t bother everyone, but it could be contributing to your finger-pricking pain.

Can I use a lancet on my arm?

Whether testing alternate sites or at the fingertip, try the Accu-Chek ® FastClix lancing device—the only 1-click lancing device with a drum. Some blood glucose meters allow you to use a blood sample from a nonfingertip or alternate site such as your palm, forearm or upper arm.