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Top Diabetic Lancets And Lancing Devices

Top Diabetic Lancets And Lancing Devices

Apria Editorial |

A diabetes diagnosis will drastically alter one's lifestyle, but the right adjustments can lead to a healthier one. As many as 1.5 million people receive a diabetes diagnosis every year. Managing your diabetes and living a full, healthy life is possible with the help of proper medical advice and equipment, even though the prospect of doing so may first appear daunting and even frightening.

If you're newly diagnosed with diabetes, you'll begin learning about lifestyle changes, dietary requirements, and new medical devices and equipment that will become part of your daily routine. Regulating your blood sugar, manually administering insulin, and monitoring blood glucose levels all require the help of specialized medical equipment.

This is why ApriaHome strives to make diabetic lifestyle education as accessible as possible. Glucose meters, insulin syringes, lancets, and lancet devices. What are they and where do you begin? Choose the right diabetes lancets and lancet device with this guide from ApriaHome. Start monitoring your blood glucose levels easily at home today!

Understanding Diabetes

Before receiving a diabetes diagnosis, many individuals have little idea of the condition's complexity. The first step in effective management is education on the problem.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas to keep blood sugar levels stable. Unfortunately, most people with type 2 diabetes have persistently high blood sugar because their cells don't react normally to insulin.

Since the body isn't responding to insulin, the pancreas produces more of the hormone. Over time, the pancreas may eventually become unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs. With type 1 diabetes, the immune system misidentifies and attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. The primary distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is that type 1 is a hereditary condition that frequently manifests early in life. In contrast, type 2 is primarily lifestyle-related and develops over time.

These are the two main types of diabetes, but there are several ways in which the condition can manifest. Read more about the condition and the different types of diabetes here: ****INSERT LINK****

What Are Lancets?

Lancets are tiny plastic-encased needles used in unison with a lancing device to pierce a small hole in the skin and extract a blood sample. A glucometer reads this sample to check that person's blood sugar level to verify that it is within a safe range or to provide the information required to get it there.

A typical lancet is a molded plastic device with a circular cap that protects a needle. The needle under the cap is sterile and should only be used once. The lancet needle is designed as narrowly as possible to puncture the skin but is wide enough to extract a drop of blood.

There are several brands of lancets available. Some are only compatible with specialized lancing devices, while others are compatible with standard lancing devices. Regardless of the brand, you will find that all lancets share the same characteristics:

  • Tamper-proof security seal or a mechanism
  • Needles available in different gauges
  • Ultrafine tri-bevel tip

    What Are Lancing Devices?

    Diabetes-lancing devices, in general, look very similar. They are little tubes that inject a lancet into the skin, causing a blood droplet to form. Almost all lancing devices utilize a similar kind of spring-loaded mechanism to propel the lancet needle, allowing it to pierce the skin. The depth of a lancing device's jab can be adjusted. The depth is indicated in millimeters of skin penetration.

    The lancing device is designed for the sterile collection of capillary blood glucose testing. Blood is collected from:

    • The palm
    • The upper arm
    • The forearm
    • The fingertip
    • The side of a fingertip

      How To Use Lancets & Lancing Devices

      Using a lancing device is as simple as inserting the lancet, pressing it to your finger, and pressing a button. After that, you will use your blood glucose meter to monitor your sugar levels to better manage the condition. Note: Never replace the lancets in your test kit with anything else.

      Using A Lancet Without A Lancing Device:

      • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
      • Rub your fingertip using an alcohol swab.
      • Twist and remove the broader section of safety plastic off the lancet's tip.
      • Place the lancet between the index finger and thumb.
      • Hold against the surface of the skin (fingertip recommended for home testing).
      • Press until you hear a click.

        Using A Lancet With A Lancing Device:

        • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
        • Rub your fingertip using an alcohol swab.
        • Before inserting a fresh lancet, ensure the safety cap is still attached to avoid injury.
        • Do not twist the lancet while inserting it. It will click into place easily.
        • Remove the lancet's safety cap to reveal the needle by twisting the small circular cap and pulling it off.
        • Gently replace the cap on the lancing device.
        • Slide the device's top button back until it clicks into place. This loads the lancet and prepares it to pierce the skin.
        • Press the lancet against the skin, apply steady, firm pressure, and press the button.
        • Wait for the lancet to prick your finger, and then remove the device.

          Whether using a single lancet or a loaded lancet device to pierce the skin, the next step will be to wait for a blood droplet to form. You can apply pressure and massage the area if you struggle to obtain a full droplet. If you still struggle to retrieve a full droplet, it can be due to:

          • The cold
          • Low blood pressure
          • Lancet not piercing deep enough

            After obtaining a blood sample and inserting it into the glucometer, the fingertip should be compressed with a tiny piece of gauze or other absorbent cloth. After this, return the lancet cap and dispose of the used needle properly.

            How To Choose The Right Lancets?

            Like any medical equipment, choosing a lancet and lancet device is a matter of preference, affordability, and lifestyle requirements. When choosing a lancet, you will need to consider:

            • Needle Size: The narrower the needle, the higher the number on the needle gauge. Smaller needles don't pierce the skin as effectively as thicker ones do. Consider the toughness of your skin surface when selecting a lancet.
            • Brand & Design: If you have a lancet device that can be refilled, you must select a lancet according to the compatible brand and design.
            • Needle Guage: Lancet thickness varies across different models. The thinner the lancet, the less discomfort.
            • Lancet Depth: Deeper needles can yield a higher blood volume easier, but they can cause some discomfort for certain patients based on their finger shape.
            • Sample Skin Location: Regular glucose monitoring can cause painful fingertips; certain patients prefer to collect samples from various locations. This will affect your choice of needle.

            ApriaHome Recommendations: Our Top 4 Lancets

            Overwhelmed by the variety of choices available? Here are our recommendations based on comfort, affordability, and preference.

            The push-button-activated BD Microtainer™ Safety Lancet features a set depth of 1.5 mm and a 30 gauge needle.

            The push-button-activated BSensiLance™ Safety Lancet features a set depth of 1.8 mm and a 28 gauge needle.

            These 28 gauge sterile needles are ideal if you often use lancets. The added safety features of a sterility tab and a self-destructing activation mechanism mean that there will be no needle remnant after usage. This disposable design is ideal for single use. The specified depth of 1.5 mm ensures proper blood flow.

            With the Surgilance® Safety Lancet, collecting samples is made effortless. The push-button-activated BSensiLance™ Safety Lancet features a set depth of 1.8 mm and a 21 gauge needle.

            How To Choose The Best Lancing Devices?

            It's important to do some research before settling on the best lancing device. The sensation of having the skin punctured is unique to each person.

            You can choose a lancing device by considering affordability, practicality, ease of use, and replacement lancets. By choosing the numerous lancets with the typical square-base design, you may not even need to use lancets from the same manufacturer, resulting in a customized configuration.

            All diabetes lancing devices are spring-loaded with a push button activation, which makes them great for those feeling intimidated by the concept of manually collecting samples with a lancet. It's important to remember that not all lancing devices are the same, and not all are universally compatible with standard lancets. High-end lancing devices have a high-tech selection of lancing device features for comfort and ease of use.

            Frequently Asked Questions: Lancets & Lancing Devices

            What lancet gauge is best?

            The thinner the needle, the smaller the size (or gauge). The average person just needs a lancet size 30G to make an adequate puncture. However, a larger needle, between the sizes 25G and 28G, may be more helpful for patients with thicker skin.

            At what depth should I insert the lancet?

            For the shallowest penetration, use the 0.5 setting, and for the deepest, the 5.5 setting. Choose 0.5–1.5 if your skin is softer, 2–3.5 if it's normal, and 4–5.5 if it's hard or calloused.

            What lancet gauge hurts the least?

            When a needle is thinner and more delicate, it causes less pain and discomfort. Thinner and smaller needles are designated by higher gauge numbers. In contrast, thicker and heavier needles are denoted by lower gauge numbers. A 33G lancet is preferable because it is thinner.

            Can I buy lancets over the counter?

            Diabetes supplies, including blood glucose meters, test strips, and lancets, can be purchased at local pharmacies or online. But as with any purchase, it pays to look around for the best deals.

            Manage Your Diabetes With Apria Home

            Take care of your health and well-being, and let us help you make the most of every day. ApriaHome is your one-stop shop for a wide range of diabetic supplies, including syringes, insulin pens, test strips, glucometers, lancets, and lancet devices. We have sourced premium medical supplies from around the world to bring quality and affordability right to your doorstep. Shop online using our convenient medical supply platform, and take advantage of our amazing specials on lancets and lancing devices here.

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