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Diabetes Lancing Devices Article Archives

March 2011

The Great Lancing Debate

My almost 20 years as a diabetes educator have been memorable in many ways, but certain moments stand out more than others.  Because blood glucose testing is an important part of diabetes management for everyone I see, I try to assess each person’s skills and habits in this key area.  I’ll never forget the time I asked a client how often he changed his lancet.  He had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about four years earlier and was checking regularly, so it seemed like a reasonable question.  He proceeded to look at me with a puzzled expression and say, “You mean you’re supposed to change those things?”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2011

August 2008

Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators
Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators

The members of the AADE are an impassioned group who genuinely want to make a difference in their patients' lives. It was an ideal place for me to be, especially because I had a concern of my own: Why am I getting red dots every time I inject? Every educator I asked went right to work examining the problem and investigating my behavior, truly wanting to help. Unfortunately, they are dwindling in number each year, while patients are increasing in number, making their work ever more demanding.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2008

AADE Survey: Taking Insulin Is a Hardship on Many—and They’re Reluctant to Talk About It With Caregivers

Results from a Harris survey commissioned by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) show that people with diabetes who must take insulin often struggle with dread and negative impacts on their lives because of it. But more than half of them—52 percent—are reluctant to share their concerns with their healthcare providers.

comments 10 comments - Posted Aug 15, 2008

March 2008

Blood Sugar Management: the Core of Your Care

Blood sugar control is the heart and soul of diabetes management. How you handle it determines what will be the consequences of your diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

December 2007

Owen Mumford Aims to Delight

"Delight" is a word rarely found in company mission statements, but it's part of Owen Mumford's rather sweet and very British declaration - the company aims to "delight its customers" with its products, keeping in mind that they just might "change the life of our nearest and dearest."

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 19, 2007

November 2007

Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide
Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide

Over the course of the year, we meticulously update all our charts to bring you the most accurate information about hundreds of products, services, and medications. Now we've gathered every one of those charts, from humble lancets to sophisticated continuous glucose monitors, into one handy place.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 26, 2007

September 2007

The Sun Shines On My New Lancing Device
The Sun Shines On My New Lancing Device

I remember someone once telling me, "I don't participate in trials for new medicines because you never know…but devices – that's another story!" So, here's my story.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 6, 2007

July 2007

This Month's Charts: Fast-Acting Glucose, Syringes, Pen Needles and Lancing Devices
This Month's Charts: Fast-Acting Glucose, Syringes, Pen Needles and Lancing Devices

This issue, we lay out the many devices with which diabetic people must poke themselves: syringes, pen needles, and lancing devices. And we top them off with a sprinkling of sugar: a chart outlining all the sources of fast-acting glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2007

December 2004

Choosing the Right Lancing Device
Choosing the Right Lancing Device

Lancing devices are critical tools for obtaining blood samples for glucose measurement. While good diabetes management requires frequent blood testing, the pain and inconvenience involved in lancing can prevent a person with diabetes from undertaking the appropriate number of daily blood glucose tests.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

February 2004

Now You Can Pocket Your Diabetes Supplies

A new product called Glucokit, manufactured by Massachusetts-based CommAve LLC, helps users integrate meters and accessories into a pocket-size package.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2004

December 2002

Lookin’ Sharp!

If you're still putting your used lancets, pen needles and syringes in a coffee can or empty detergent bottle and surreptitiously burying it under the empty cans and boxes in the trash because your community doesn't have a sharps disposal program, Becton Dickinson (BD) of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, has a solution.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

September 2002

A Sticky Situation—Lancet Reuse Can Lead to Amputations

If you base your lancet changes on the turning of the seasons, you might want to rethink your policy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

April 2002

Doctor, Can I Check My Glucose Levels Without Pricking My Fingers?

A noninvasive blood-glucose monitor has long been awaited. People with diabetes do not look forward to monitoring their blood glucose every day, as it involves pricking their fingers to obtain blood samples.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

November 2001

Choose a Depth, Any Depth

Roche Diagnostics of Indianapolis, Indiana, is now offering a new lancet with unique functions for making blood sugar testing as painless as possible. Called the Accu-Chek Softclix, the lancet features 11 different depth settings, which can be set to match your skin type. In addition, the lancet does not use a spring-loaded system, which can cause skin tissue to dilate or tear. Instead, it uses a linear sliding motion to avoid pain caused by side movement, according to company's press release.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

June 2001

New Safety Lancet with Spring-Action Mechanism and Protective Cover

On March 16, Futura Medical Company announced the release of a new blood-testing lancet specifically designed to reduce needle-stick injuries.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

New Meter Lances, Collects Blood, and Gives Reading in 20 Seconds

On April 11, Abbot Laboratories MediSense Products announced that its alternate-site BG-monitoring Sof-Tact is now available.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

October 1998

New Kids Lasette to be on the Market Soon

The Food And Drug Administration has given marketing clearance for a special laser finger perforator for kids.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1998

May 1994

Don’t Get Stuck With The Wrong Lancet: Lancet Comparison Article

New developments in technology and manufacturing techniques have brought a new level of sophistication among lancets. The consumer now has more questions than ever about choosing the right lancet. In light of this, DIABETES HEALTH has compiled a comprehensive look at the lancets currently on the market, and their differences.

comments 4 comments - Posted May 1, 1994

November 1992

New Lancing Device Goes Into Space

International Technidyne Corporation (ITC) of Edison, New Jersey, has announced that their Tenderlett finger incision device was been selected by NASA for use in space. In March, NASA sent ITC's Tenderlett device into space with seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis I.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1992

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