Diabetes Lab eTraining Slide 2

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There are many types of lancets and lancet devices.

Many students will use a lancing device. Some lancing devices have several depth settings to allow for the difference between sensitive fingers and callused fingers.  Some come with two caps for the end that touches the finger to adjust the depth of puncture. In addition, the pressure of the finger on the cap determines how deep the puncture will go. It should be deep enough to provide an adequate amount of blood, but not be so deep as to cause bruising or pain.

If possible, allow the student to remove the lancet to avoid accidental contact to an exposed sharp by school staff.  Lancets should be disposed of after use in a sharps disposal container. 

Some students may use a multiple fingerstick device that has a self-contained, six-lancet drum. NEVER USE ONE STUDENT’S LANCING DEVICE ON ANYONE ELSE.



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