I lost my BD lancing device today and when I went online to look for a replacement I discovered that it had been discontinued. Anyone have a suggestion for a device to use with the BD 33 gauge lancets. I'm willing to pay extra for something gentle.
I have sworn by the Accu-chek multi lancet, drum and kept it to use with several other model meters. The drum holds six lancets and you never even see them (I was surprised when I saw somebody's lancets, they looked so primitive!). You rotate them and can set the depth. I have heard other people say they really prefer it as well.
I love the accu-chek lancet with drum....it lasts forever..i have to remind myself to click it to change the lancet! I will never use any other.
I use the MultiClix as well, even though I don't use an Accu-Chek meter. I love it. It does look fairly high-tech compared to the other devices, which I (being a geek) also love!
I really like the one that comes with the Bayer Contour. It seems to hurt less than any of the others I've tried.
That one is called a Microlet, it will use the BD 33, and it's okay. The BD pen lancet device is my favorite, I'll be really bummed if/when mine wears out. I did notice the local pharmacy has a device much like it...and 33g lancets much cheaper than the BD ones. I have read many raves about one called Delica but also read it is costly.
Maurie, I suspect any device will work and you should just check out size, shape, amenities, etc... From my experience it is really the lancet that causes the pain, trouble, etc. The BD 33s fit in all my devices just so ya know, they are made to do so.
I have the One Touch Delica and I LOVE mine. Super fine needle on the lancet.
The BD was nice because it didn't slam the lancet home.
I must have tried about 12 different devices.
I think the best two out there at the moment are the BD Microlet 2, really easy to hold and use and enough depth gauge settings so you don't feel it.
The accu chek multi clix I have is also good, I have two I have never used if you would like me to send you one? This is okay, but I find it a little over engineered and the drums are more costly.
For size and ease of use I would go for the BD microlet 2
I use the accu-chek and the delica. The accu-chek is more stable and it is nice just having to turn a dial to change lancets every couple of months or whatever. The delica is great too, and finer gauge. Accu-chek is large compared to other pokers. I tend to use it at home and have a delica for the meter in my purse.
We tried the Delica for the first time two weeks ago when switching my son over to the pump...have to say, I absolutely HATE it. like throw it across the room hate it!! For whatever reason, and we've tried two, it is nearly impossible, even on #7 to get enough blood for the pump tester to read the stick...the One Touch makes him bleed,but we've gone back to it..when I spoke with our nurse, she said that many people love the delica, and she was the one urging us to switch to it because of the fine needle, which was so exciting for me and my son, but for our purposes, it is just TOO fine and I would end up pricking my son six or seven times for one test....bummer. will try the other one suggested below, Microlet..ak
I agree with Andrea. I recently started to intensively monitor my Blood sugar again. I hate the Delica. It barely gets enough blood and it hurts like a... even fresh lancets. So, I get the combination of having to stick myself 3 painful times for 1 measely drop. Granted it's rare when it's so bad it requires 3 sticks. But it always hurts. It's bad when I have to use up all my willpower for the day getting through the anticipation of the lancing pain. Or, I have to warm my hands, shake them out, and other strategies to force blood into my fingertips. It's so aweful.
I bought the new OneTouch Ultra mini with Delica because I somehow misplaced my old one. This morning I performed a more thorough, if not a little desperate, search for my old OneTouch with simple lancing device. I found it!!! Today has been so much better with that old one, 30 gauge I believe.
It isn't just me either. My sister and husband were both curious about their blood sugar, so I took samples from them and had the same problem getting enough blood. I don't think it hurt as much, but the lack of blood was frustrating.
(Note: I did not share lancets. They each got a clean one.)
I hope it's good for babies, but they can keep it. That 33 gauge thing isn't working for me. :)