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Blood Lancet Devices


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Poll: Blood Lancet Devices (10 member(s) have cast votes)

What sort of finger lancet do you use?

  1. I use the reloadable pen style spring loaded lancet (1 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

  2. I use the disposable single use lancet. (9 votes [90.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.00%

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#6 Ruffmeister Paramedic

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

There shouldn't be any use of reloadable lancets.  Think Infection control.  The single use lancets should be the only option according to my infection control contact.  


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Thanks guys.  We were recently issued new glucometers by our health region that included the reloadable pen device.  I challenged them on the use of the devices because the standard of practice has prohibited their use for almost a decade.  They haven't responded, but I refuse to use them.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

Thanks guys.  We were recently issued new glucometers by our health region that included the reloadable pen device.  I challenged them on the use of the devices because the standard of practice has prohibited their use for almost a decade.  They haven't responded, but I refuse to use them.

 

Good call! They may want to look into what happened in this case: http://www.cbc.ca/ne...collegiate.html

 

The specific details of the potential exposure aren't completely clear from the news article (it refers to a "diabetes testing pen"), but it does say:

"The device — the little pen-like device — is meant to be a single-user device. The device itself should not be shared between people," said Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, head of the pediatrics and child health department at the university's medical school.

The lancets were changed for each person, Rockman-Greenberg said, but the professor did not realize the pen itself is not safe for use by multiple individuals.


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