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Do you or your child reuse lancets or syringes (or pen needles)?


I reuse lancets and syringes (or pen needles)






I reuse lancets but not syringes (or pen needles)






I reuse syringes (or pen needles) but not lancets






I don't reuse lancets or syringes (or pen needles)






I occasionally reuse either lancets or syringes (or pen needles)






Total votes: 497


Do you or your child reuse lancets or syringes (or pen needles)?

Poll dates: November 27 - December 4, 2005
Total Votes: 497

Given the cost of diabetes supplies, many people find that reusing lancets and syringes makes sense. Over two-thirds (69%) of our respondents reuse just lancets. 8% report reusing both lancets and syringes. Only 1% report reusing syringes but not lancets. Some people (4%) reuse lancets or syringes on occasion.

There has been a steady growth in the number of people reporting reusing just lancets. A possible explanation for this is the growing use of insulin pumps among our visitors, which reduces the use of syringes. See our polls from Septmeber 25, 2005 and August 29, 2005 for details on insulin regimens.

You can safely reuse lancets and syringes if you follow the guidelines outlined in Reuse Your Syringes and Lancets. See also Needle Reuse, which includes photomicrographs of an insulin syringe needle before and after reuse.

The table below shows how readers have responded to this poll in the past.

Answer    Nov 2005 Aug 2004 Sep 2003 Sep 2002 May 2001 May 1999
Reuse lancets and syringes    8% 11% 11% 13% 13% 17%
Reuse lancets but not syringes    69% 64% 63% 61% 54% 51%
Reuse syringes but not lancets    1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Don't reuse    18% 19% 21% 21% 26% 24%
Reuse on occasion    3% 4% 3% 2% 5% 4%

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