As we all know, having diabetes requires the frequent use of lancing devices, which may be quite painful for certain individuals. What those individuals may not realize is how their choice of ultrasoft lancing devices has the potential to lessen their discomfort and speed healing. In general, deep lacerations have a tendency to hurt more and take longer to heal.
Therefore, it’s best to start by milking the finger and setting the lancing device on a shallow penetration depth before taking a sample. In most instances, the lower numbers represent the least invasive penetration depths and the highest number is often the most invasive one. If such actions yield the right amount of blood needed for testing, there is no need to go any deeper.
If it doesn’t, it’s vital to continue milking the finger and increasing the penetration depth ever so slightly until there is enough blood available to result in an accurate sample. Of course the user may also want to try taking the blood sample in an area where the skin is less callused. In some instances, those areas may be found on the forearm and the palm of the hand.
In our experience, one product that makes the entire penetration depth selection process much easier to complete is Lifescan’s OneTouch® Ultrasoft Lancing Device. It has an impressive amount of settings to choose from and is designed to be used with thin-tipped lancets and alternate clear cap devices.
The clear caps, for those that have never heard of them before, enable diabetics to take blood samples from the palms of their hands and forearms. So even those who find that they have callused fingers, or otherwise need to use a deep penetration setting, are likely to experience less pain and minimal healing times.
To learn more about ultrasoft lancing devices and other items that may take the discomfort out of effective diabetes management, please contact us at Diabetes Health Supplies today.