Diabetes professionals, manufactures and medical supply companies will tell you there is a right way and a wrong way to do many things related to diabetes. Easier said then done and most of us have our own way of doing things. Some times this advise makes sense and other times I swear the recommendations are a way for the companies to make more money.
Changing you lancet after each finger stick
This is never going to happen. Period. Point blank. Do people realize how often we test daily? Not to mention how expensive supplies are!
Using a different syringe for each injection
For me personally this one doesn’t happen either. I use each of my syringes 2 times before it lands in the sharps container. Someone people swear it takes quite a few more uses before the needle ‘wears out’ or becomes jagged. After 2 uses mine don’t seem as sharp (doesn’t pierce the skin easily or is painful) so that’s what I go by.
A new reservoir/cartridge for each infusion set
Heck NO! I use those things until the ‘o ring’ starts to fall off or the lubrication inside the reservoir wears out and my pump doesn’t prime correctly or won’t remain primed.
Changing infusion sites every 3 days
I’ll admit I should be a little better with this. During the cooler months my sites last longer so if I don’t notice absorption issues, I’ll keep it in until the adhesive begins to peel on the sides. Infusion sets are a supply that I tend to hoard due to how expensive they are. I need things to last as long as they can!
Wiping off excess blood from finger after testing
Kinda of gross but…yes… I’ve been known to use my tongue to get off the excess blood. Typing that sentence out makes me feel ashamed. LOL!
Keeping expired supplies as back up
I always hold on to a few expired things in case of an emergency such as key tone urine test strips and my glucogon pen (in case something goes wrong with the other). I feel like with these things in particular having something is better than nothing.
Replacing Dexcom Sensor After 7 Days
According to the manual, the sensor should be replaced every 7 days. I have always kept mine in longer. As long as the readings are still accurate and the site isn’t bothering me, I leave it in. 14 days is the longest I’ve ever gone. The thing was holding on by practically nothing and I was concerned about site infection if left in for much longer.