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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Do hospitals change the pricker when testing people for diabetes?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17376points) 1 month ago

Including doctor’s offices and pharmacies?

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LadyMarissa's avatar

Most definitely!!!

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@all. Thanks. I have a follow up question. When did they start changing the pricker? 80’s? 90’s? Or some other year? Was it from a class action lawsuit like blood transfusions and STD’s?

Caravanfan's avatar

They are disposable.

anniereborn's avatar

I’m sure they were changing it well before the 1900s.

kritiper's avatar

Yes. As far as I know, they have always used new “stickers” with each test.

(When I was in the Army, my bunkmate thought the same needle was used in those inoculation guns, you know, the big ones they place against your skin and pull the trigger. I explained to him that the medicine was injected under high hydraulic pressure, but he didn’t believe me. He thought that way was impossible, and that they must be reusing the same needle.)

si3tech's avatar

Absolutely. Lancets pull apart and one side contains the lance which is aseptic. They don’t go back together after taken apart. So the person making the finger stick pulls it apart immediately before sticking finger. Lancet is discarded. (in a “sharps” container)

anniereborn's avatar

As far as I know and have experienced, it is always done with a syringe.
(unless you are doing it at home)

Smashley's avatar

Yknow, we should probably be doing that, considering it’s modern health care and deadly disease transmission and all, oh well, dirty stickers it is! YOLO!

Slaps self.

Yes. They change them, every time, and if they don’t, report them immediately.

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