Pricking our fingers multiple times a day isn't exactly something most of us get excited about, but I've discovered that some folks out there do get excited about the lancing device they use. While most of us use the lancer that came for free with our meter (i.e. we don't give it much thought), there are a couple of brand-name models that really seem to get people talking. They are the ACCU-CHEK Mutliclix from Roche — which I see all the time at diabetes conferences — and the new OneTouch Delica, which Lifescan just released this past June.
To have a closer look at these, I thought it would be fun to recruit a couple of "fans" to share their thoughts on why they like their respective device... who knows, maybe we'll get a couple of converts?
Photo: Christopher of "Don't Fear Diabetes"
Sara Knicks, blogger at Diabetes Daily:
"The Multiclix truly is the best lancing device ever created. First of all, the lancing devices that came with my other meters (e.g. the UltraSoft) used 28 gauge lancets. The MultiClix comes with 30 gauge lancets. Higher number means smaller lancet, which means less pain. There are 11 depth settings on the Multiclix compared to the 5 depths on the other devices I was using. My Multiclix is currently set at .5 — the lowest setting possible, and I have no trouble getting an adequate size sample.
I think, by far, the best part of the Multiclix technology and what sets it apart from the rest of the lancing devices is the use of a drum of preloaded lancets. With the other models (although the Delica offers some improvements in this area) there is nothing holding the lancet in place after you hit the trigger. The spring that triggers the lancet wobbles side-to-side as it moves toward your finger. Obviously, any movement as it enters your skin causes unnecessary pain. The drum of the Multiclix holds the lancet in place, and in combination with the raised edge that provides a guide for the location of the test, it guarantees me an almost-always painless poke."
Christopher, blogger at Don't Fear Diabetes:
"There are three things that really set the Multiclix lancet apart from the competition for me:
- Feel. The Multiclix just feels solid in your hand. It feels like it was well-constructed, and everything moves deliberately. The collar for selecting the lancing depth, which has 11 settings, turns easily and stays securely in place. The button for operating the lancing mechanism is sturdy, and even after years of daily use feels the same as it did when it was new.
- Ease-of-use. One of the great things about the Multiclix that I never thought about until I started experimenting with other lancing devices is that you can use it one-handed without any difficulty. You can easily depress the lancing button with your thumb, and then, still using one hand, change your grip so you can press it against your finger or whichever site you want to test from, without any need to use the other hand for anything other than holding the meter and supplying the blood.
- The cartridges. Having six lancets preloaded in the cartridge extends the useful life of the lancing device considerably, and reduces the amount of supplies that I have to carry. The lancets also seem to be especially durable. While I know this is not at all recommended, and is not something I'm advocating, I've had the same cartridge in my Lancet for all of 2010, and have yet to notice any real difference in performance."
Tina Shaye, blogger at ACT1 Diabetes:
"The claim is that the Delica goes into your finger straight without the vibration of other lancers. They call it the Advanced Glideâ„¢ Control System. So you get a puncture as opposed to a tear in the skin. You can imagine my surprise when I said to a friend 'it's PAINLESS.'
The first time I used it I thought it wasn't set deep enough because I felt nothing. However, when I looked at my finger I noticed it was bleeding. I thought it was cool how small and thin the lancets themselves are. I found out they are the smallest lancet on the market at 33 gauge! That's 40% smaller than industry standards! Another feature is the 7 different depth settings. My pinkies definitely don't need a stick as deep as my thumbs do. Big plus in my book. It is small, so it fits in any case and it really can claim 'painless' 8 times out of 10. It's also quiet. My brother thought my Delica was broken when he didn't hear the usual loud click the other devices make.
Like all products it has a down side. I notice that I need to change the lancet more. Understand, I test about 12-14 times a day and I usually change the lancet once a month. Now I am changing the lancet every 4 to 5 days. However, I strongly recommend you try this product. The Delica makes waiting for the cure for diabetes a little less painful."
Nicole, blogger at WeCARAlot:
"The first difference I noticed was the design. It is lighter, thinner and has a really neat shape. With bigger sized buttons placed perfectly on the Delica I find it more comfortable and less awkward to handle then my last poker. The tip of the Delica is curved, not flat like our old OneTouch poker. This allows better accuracy in knowing where the lancet will hit, which I love especially on tiny little finger tips.
My very favorite design feature on the Delica is the location of the 'dial up' depth gauge for the 33G needle, located in the back of the Delica. Since it is not integrated into the head of the Delica like our old OneTouch poker it makes it hard to change the setting by mistake. I don't know if it is the soft gliding action or the wonderful super-fine, super-thin 33G needles that you use in the Delica, but it has been about a month with the Delica and the proof is in the fingers tips... NO MORE FRECKLES!"
While lancing your finger will never be exactly fun, today's models sure beat the heck out of the old stuff — like this thing, Yowch!
Anyone out there on Team Multiclix or Team Delica feeling passionate about their poker today?