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If you base your lancet changes on the turning of the seasons, you might want to rethink your policy.
Two women with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes required partial finger amputations after reusing the same lancet for several weeks. This prompted doctors in Florence, Italy, to write a letter to the editor of the medical journal Diabetes Care, advising people with diabetes to use a new lancet for each test in addition to practicing careful hygiene.
Both women tested at least six times a week and had multiple complications. Treatment with several antibiotics failed to halt the infections, necessitating the amputations.
—Diabetes Care, June 2002
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