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Old 03-29-2008, 08:52 PM
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Best lancets i found were called EZ-lets, my uncle is a diabetic and he preferred the click thing, so he have me some of these and they worked well, I was lucky to get the last box of 200 at walmart on sale for 4.00, I have looked for these on ebay but never see them, they are about 1 inch long, have a round top that you twist off. I use ones that are blue, they are not a thin gauge, thin ones just don't give me any blood, the ones my uncle gave me were green, now i don't know if they were thinner or thicker gauge.

Anyone see these anywhere let me know.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:09 AM
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Hi there,
Here is a site that has the EZ-lets.
http://http://www.palcolabs.com/
Hope this is some help.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:37 AM
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More on lancets in general--they're like needles in that the bigger the gauge number, the finer the lancet:

http://www.themedsupplyguide.com/lancets/faq1.html

"What does gauge mean for a diabetic lancet?

Answer:

"Diabetic lancets which are used for blood sampling are available in different gauges. The gauge of the lancet refers width of the metal point. The higher the gauge, the smaller the perforation (cut) the lancet makes. Usually a higher-gauge lancet is less painful to use, but it may be harder to get an adequate amount of blood with a higher-gauge lancet."

http://web.archive.org/web/200710282...x?cat=2&id=613

http://www.themedsupplyguide.com/lancets/

"Lancets and automatic lancing devices are frequently provided as part of blood glucose monitoring kits. Most lancet devices come with short and long lancet covers to provide different degrees of penetration, and many have adjustable covers or caps. Generally, people who are first-time users, children, or people with delicate skin prefer a longer cover for more shallow penetration of the lancet. People who have tougher skin or poor circulation choose a shorter cover for deeper penetration by the lancet."

http://www.walgreens.com/library/cen...es/lancets.jsp

Lancet Comparison Chart--tells you which devices use what gauge and what lancets fit what lancing devices.



The drawing here is for illustration purposes only--not the actual size of the lancet.

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:18 PM
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http://www.themedsupplyguide.com/lancets/

"Lancets are used for diabetic testing. It's the device that punctures the finger (or alternative site for most new meters) to extract blood for testing. Diabetic lancets are available in different gauges. The gauge of the lancet refers width of the metal point. The higher the gauge, the smaller the perforation the lancet makes. Usually a higher-gauge lancet is less painful to use, but it may be harder to get an adequate amount of blood with a higher-gauge lancet.

"Some individuals use lancets alone to get a blood sample. This method can sometime be painful so most people prefer to use some type of diabetic lancing device. A lancing device uses a spring mechanism to insert the lancet into the skin. It also allows the user to adjust the depth depending on the thickness of the skin and sensitivity of the fingertip. In this way, enough blood can be obtained without causing unnecessary pain. In most cases, when you buy a blood glucose monitor a lancing device is included.

"Most lancet devices come with short and long lancet covers to provide different degrees of penetration, and many have adjustable covers or caps. Generally, people who are first-time users, children, or people with delicate skin prefer a longer cover for more shallow penetration of the lancet. People who have tougher skin or poor circulation choose a shorter cover for deeper penetration by the lancet."

Lancet gauges are like needle gauges in that the higher the number you see on them, the finer the lancet or the needle. You may want something a little bigger so that you don't need to have as much penetration to easily get enough blood for a test.

I think you might be going through a callus there (they call the elbow stick the callus stick too), so it is going to be harder to make a stick there because the skin's tougher.

http://www.themedsupplyguide.com/lancets/faq3.html

What diabetic lancet gauge size is best?

"Many people have callused skin, therefore a thicker needle is required."

http://www.catinfo.org/felinediabetes.htm

"Lancets range in size from a large 25 gauge to a very small 33 gauge. However, most companies do not state the gauge size on their lancet boxes so it can be confusing when trying to figure out which lancets to buy. Generally speaking, when you see lancets labeled "ultra-fine" or "ultra thin", that denotes a very fine lancet size (31,32,33 gauge). Exception to the word "ultra" is the LifeScan One Touch UltraSoft lancets. They are 28 gauge and many people have good luck with those."

http://www.walgreens.com/library/cen...es/lancets.jsp

Walgreens' has a chart with information about various brands of lancets, the gauges of those brands and the lancing devices they'll fit into.

HTH!

Kathy
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