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Is it hygenic to let other people share your diabetes testing supplies?

Asked by talljasperman (17970 points ) April 7th, 2014

Do you need a new pin every time? Do hospitals change their pin pick every time.

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ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Dear god no. You need a new pin.

anniereborn's avatar

what @ARE_you_kidding_me said!
NEVER re-use or share!

Afos22's avatar

No.
Yes.
Yes.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Holy hell…..

Of course it’s not hygienic to share needles (of any kind). Sharing needles is just asking for disease.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Sure it’s fine. Just sign this application for life insurance listing me as beneficiary first.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

They make a device that holds a small barrel with six pins in it. Each time you push the bottom to load a pin the barrel turns and loads a new pin. after the 6th use you dump the barrel and load a new one.
You can share all you like without each of you exposing yourself to the other’s blood.

Seaofclouds's avatar

It depends which supplies you are sharing and how you are sharing them. Your machine, sure you can share it, just be mindful to make sure there isn’t excess blood on it to avoid any cross contamination. The test strips, as long as you’re not trying to use the same strip twice, no problem. The needles for pricking your finger, absolutely no sharing the same needle. Letting someone use a clean needle and disposing of it properly, no problem, but using the same needle is a bad idea.

As for what hospitals do, yes, we get a clean needle every time for every patient. Each needle gets disposed of immediately after use and is never used a second time. Most hospitals use needles that are single use only and can’t be used twice to ensure there is no needle sharing.

seekingwolf's avatar

Hospitals use a one-time-use-only lancet to prick their patients. As soon as it’s used, the lancet cannot be used again. You can’t push it again so even if you WANTED to use it again, you couldn’t. And the used lancets are tossed, of course.

It’s one thing to let someone use a CLEAN needle of yours for diabetes testing, as long as they throw it out when they are done. Never, ever, ever share needles or lancets with someone, even a family member. It’s a bad idea.

XTREMITY666's avatar

You can share it.

Just clean it first.

anniereborn's avatar

@XTREMITY666
It depends on what you are talking about . If you mean needles or the lancets, absolutely NOT.

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