Lancets

  • Accu-Chek Lancet Roche Diabetes Care

    Accu-Chek

    Accu-Chek FastClix Lancet

    Take samples for testing with minimal pain using the Accu-Chek® FastClix Lancing Device. It primes and releases with a single click, featuring a lever that advances lancets. The Accu-Chek® FastClix lancets have a 30 gauge size.The Accu-Chek® lancet drum...

    Starting at $18.99
  • Medlance Plus Lancet Cambridge Sensors USA 925-25

    Medlance Plus

    Medlance Plus Fixed Depth Lancet 25 Gauge 1.5 mm Depth

    Gentle and comfortable contact with puncture site.Easy to use with no pre-loading. Efficient design ensures adequate blood volume with minimal pain Guaranteed to lance the first time. Safe, single-use, and self-destructing device with a sterile needle...

    Starting at $26.99
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-030-100

    McKesson

    McKesson Twist Top Lancet 30 Gauge 1.8 mm Depth

    Universal design fits most lancing devices. Virtually painless sampling.Color: Blue 30 Gauge Needle Tri-Bevel Tip Sterile Consistent depth penetration Universal design fits most lancing devices Virtually painless sampling Single use only

    Starting at $1.29
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-PASL26G

    McKesson

    McKesson Safety Lancet 26 Gauge 1.8 mm Depth

    Produces low blood flow; ideal for blood glucose and cholesterol tests, coagulation tests, and blood gas tests. Pressure-activated safety feature helps prevent needlestick injuries.Color: Blue 26 Gauge Needle Depth Setting: 1.8 mm Sterile Tri-Bevel Tip...

    Starting at $7.69
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-028-100

    McKesson

    McKesson Twist Top Lancet 28 Gauge 1.8 mm Depth

    Universal design fits most lancing devices. Twist-activated safety device helps prevent needlestick injuries.Color: Blue 28 Gauge Needle Twist Top Sterile Tri-Bevel Tip Single use only Universal design fits most lancing devices Consistent depth...

    Starting at $1.19
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-PASL21G

    McKesson

    McKesson Safety Lancet 21 Gauge 2.0 mm Depth

    Produces normal blood flow; ideal for standard capillary blood sampling - blood glucose tests, hemoglobin tests, and HIV/HBO tests. Pressure-activated safety feature helps prevent needlestick injuries.Color: Green 21 Gauge Needle Depth Setting: 2.0 mm...

    Starting at $7.99
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-PASL30G

    McKesson

    McKesson Safety Lancet 30 Gauge 1.5 mm Depth

    Produces micro blood flow; ideal for diagnostic testing that requires a small blood sample. Pressure-activated safety feature helps prevent needlestick injuries.Color: Purple 30 Gauge Needle Depth Setting: 1.5 mm Sterile Tri-Bevel Tip Single use only...

    Starting at $7.99
  • McKesson Lancet McKesson Brand 16-PBSL28G

    McKesson

    McKesson Fixed Depth Lancet 28 Gauge 1.5 mm Depth

    Innovative design provides better way to quickly and comfortably obtain blood samples. Easy-to-handle, retractable design features an intuitive, 2-step operation with low firing force and no lancet loading required.Color: Purple 28 Gauge Needle Depth...

    Starting at $9.99

Lancets

Of all the items which fall under the heading of diabetic supplies, lancets are the one that is seldom discussed. But having the right kind of lancet or lancet device and using it correctly can impact how comfortable diabetic testing is for you.

What Is a Lancet?

A diabetic lancet is a sterile needle embedded in a plastic tube and covered with a plastic cap. Lancets are an essential part of any diabetes tester kit and prick your finger to test your blood glucose with glucose test strips.

How to Use a Lancet

You can use a lancet on its own, but most people with diabetes prefer to use what’s commonly called a lancet device or lancer.

To use a lancet without a lancet device, simply twist off the plastic cap to expose the needle, take a breath, and prick your finger hard enough to draw a drop of blood. If that doesn’t sound like a task you’re up to, a lancing device is probably a better option.

Each device will be slightly different — and will come with its own instructions — but in general, to use a lancing device:
  • Remove the cap from the device.
  • Load a new lancet.
  • Remove the cap from the lancet and expose the needle.
  • Replace the device’s cap.
  • Cock the lancing device and touch it to the finger you wish to prick.
  • Click the button on the device to prick your finger.
  • Squeeze your finger to produce a drop of blood, and use your meter and test strip to check your glucose level.
  • Remove the cap from the device again.
  • Put the cap back on the used lancet and remove it from the device.
  • Recap the device.
You may need to adjust the depth setting on the device, which determines how deeply the needle penetrates, to strike a balance between the least discomfort and an adequate blood sample. Always dispose of used lancets either in a sharps container or a rigid plastic container with a lid.

Can I Use Any Lancet With Any Device?

While most lancets will fit most devices, they’re not universally compatible. Some lancets are round, for example, while others are square. So check that your lancets and device are compatible before you purchase.

What to Look for In a Lancet

If you have diabetes, you may need to use several lancets per day. Thin needles (28- or 30-gauge) will cause minor discomfort, but thicker needles (such as 23- or 25-gauge) may be necessary if you have rough or calloused skin.

You may need to experiment to find which works best for you. If your lancet device allows you to adjust the depth setting, this can help offset the thinness of finer needles.

With the right lancet and lancet device, diabetes can become slightly less uncomfortable. SimplyMedical offers a variety of lancet options along with other diabetic testing supplies.