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Stainless Steel Blood Lancet – NME000101

Stainless Steel Blood Lancet

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Square end, W/ or W/O hole end, ridge concave and side blood lancets available. 2ply paper pouch, blister pack available.

 

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NME000101 Large, smooth concave and sides
NME000102 Small, smooth concave and sides
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Great improvements and innovations have been made in the field of diabetes care in recent years, especially in glucose monitoring technology. However, as lancet technology has not been met with the same innovation, many diabetic patients still suffer from needle puncture pain when measuring their blood sugar levels. Lancets, designed 30 years ago, with a thick and long needle used to puncture the finger tip are still being used.

Furthermore, both adults and children use the same size lancets as no lancets suitable for diabetic children are available. A typical stainless steel lancet has a diameter of 0.3–0.8 mm and penetrates 0.7–1.3 mm, with depth of penetration directly related to pain. Although the extent of tissue injury and pain are less from the puncture by a thinner and shorter needle, the puncture by the very small size needle yields less blood volume which may not be sufficient for the glucose measurement. Modern glucose meters require a much smaller blood sample for an accurate measurement, therefore diabetic patients no longer need to use lancets with a large size needle. For example, the FreeStyle© glucose monitor (Abbott Laboratory, Abbott Park, Illinois) requires only 0.3 microliters of blood for testing the glucose level. The pain from the needle puncture discourages diabetic patients to monitor their blood glucose levels as frequently as recommended, which adversely affects the quality of their health. According to a survey of some 6,600 type 1 diabetic patient, to which 1,895 replied, the actual testing frequency was less than recommended, mainly because of soreness, pain, and inconvenience. The difference between the reported recommended and actual frequency of testing was proportional to the number of hospitalization over the prior two years, which indicated that poor compliance increased complications of diabetes.

A new lancet having an extremely thin and short needle was created and tested in an open randomized clinical study as to whether it causes less puncture pain when compared with old-style lancets while producing enough blood volume for glucose testing.