Traditional lancets are what we commonly think of when we hear the term “Lancet”. Other common names are “pokers”, “needles”, or “lancers”. Quite simply, they are a molded piece of plastic with a round cap.Underneath the round cap is a needle. To expose the needle, simply twist off the round plastic cap.
A traditional diabetes lancet can be used entirely on it’s own by simply jabbing the needle into your finger just enough to get a blood drop, but doing so can be quite painful. Therefore, the overwhelming majority of people prefer to use lancets in conjunction with a “lancing device” or a “lancer”.
A new lancet should be used for each finger prick for a clean lancet. Do not reuse a needle because it can become dull and may cause more pain and bleeding. The lancet needle is very tiny and thin making it prone to bending after one use.
Lancets are small plastic cylinders that contain a sterile steel needle held within a lancing device. The lancet needle is used to poke a small hole in the skin of a finger for a blood sample to check blood glucose levels. Lancets are most commonly used by people with diabetes.