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Lancets in India

Lancets are one of the components of a home diabetes management kit. It is a skin piercing device to let out the blood. With the help of the lancing device the skin is pricked to collect blood samples for a blood glucose assay. Diabetes testing lancets mainly differ in terms of their gauges. Gauge is the word used to describe the breadth of the metallic pointer. If a lancing device has a higher gauge, then the perforation it makes on the skin will be a small one, and definitely this will cause less pain. Therefore lancets with higher gauge are preferred over those with lower gauge by patients. But a lancing device with higher gauge also has a drawback; i.e. the blood it extracts may not be sufficient for blood glucose testing.

The lancing device used for blood glucose testing works on a spring mechanism. The spring mechanism helps to drive the lancet easily in to the skin. The diabetic while using this spring-loaded lancing device gets the privilege of adjusting the depth of the pointer on the basis of his or her skin sensitivity and thickness. Through this method adequate blood may be collected without giving much pain to the patient.  Resetting of the lancing device is often needed prior to the next use because the adjustment one had made in it during the first use may not be needed during the second use. So resetting is important and the user should be able to do it with ease. Some diabetes testing lancets require the removal of the cover so as to push it back to position while others come with an easy push-pull system that resets the internal spring. Remember to sterilize the skin on which the lancing device is to be used. For doing so dab the skin with cotton swab soaked in alcohol or surgical spirit. This frees the location of germs. Also make sure that the lancing device too is sterilized after use.

It is wise to carry an automatic lancet with you wherever you go because the need for blood test may arise anytime. It is quite affordable. So money is not an issue. Nowadays laser lancing devices are also available. In the Indian markets you will get the following diabetic lancing devices:

  • Aspen Blood Lancets (2 BG)
  • OneTouch Fine Point
  • Accue-chek Soft Clix Lancet
  • Ascansia Microlet Lancet
  • JSB Flat Blood Lancet
  • Beurer Lancets

The approximate price of diabetic lancing devices ranges between 100 Rupees to 1000 Rupees.