Archive September 2017 XVIII, No. 9

Ideas That Work: Check Patients' Blood Sugar With Safety Lancets

safety lancets STICK SHIFT Safety lancets help reduce infection risks and sharps injuries.

Check Patients' Blood Sugar With Safety Lancets

Are you still checking diabetic patients' blood sugar the old-fashioned way? We were, but recently, we converted to disposable safety lancets, which are a big step up in safety and efficiency. In the past, if there wasn't sufficient blood from the IV stick, we used a traditional lancet to poke patients' fingers. But lancets not only harbor bacteria, they were also a constant danger to the staff, because the blade was exposed. With the safety lancets, which cost pennies apiece, the blade advances and retracts in a small fraction of a second, so the danger is eliminated. Plus, they're disposable, so there's no infection risk.

Susan Donoway, RN, ASN
Azar Eye Surgery Center
Salisbury, Md.

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