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Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?


Please vote in each section




I reuse lancets






I do not reuse lancets






Syringes or pen needles


I reuse syringes or pen needles






I do not reuse syringes or pen needles






Pump supplies


I reuse pump supplies






I do not reuse pump supplies






I don't use an insulin pump






Continuous Sensors


I reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)






I do not reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)






I don't have a continuous glucose monitor






Total votes: 906


Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?

Poll dates: July 29 - August 5, 2007
Total Votes: 906

In previous years, we've asked our readers about reusing lancets and syringes (see the last poll on the topic). This year, we also asked about pump supplies and continuous sensors. From the raw poll responses we find the following:

ProductLancetsSyringesPump SuppliesContinuous Sensors
Don't Reuse15%80%78%38%

As would be expected, the vast majority of people report reusing lancets (85%). Syringe reuse is much less common at 20%. Reuse of pump supplies is higher at 22%.

Reuse of sensors from continuous glucose monitors, which we defined as using a sensor beyond the recommended time limit, is also high. Almost two-thirds of people who use continuous sensors report using the sensors longer than recommended. With clinical trials and unpublished data from clinicians showing that sensors last longer than noted on product packaging, and given the expense of these sensors, it is not surprising that so many people report using them for extended periods of time.

This graph summarizes the results of this poll:

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Last Updated: Thursday August 30, 2007 21:39:38
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