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Quick Safety Issue 38: Preventing reuse of devices used for blood glucose monitoring

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Lancets, fingerstick devices, and glucometers (blood glucose meters) designed for use by a single patient should never be used for more than one patient. Many health care providers are under the mistaken belief that changing the lancet needle or cleaning the fingerstick device between uses prevents cross-contamination; it does not.

 

Quick Safety Issue 38: Preventing reuse of devices used for blood glucose monitoring

 

Preventing reuse of devices used for blood glucose monitoring

Lancets, fingerstick devices, and glucometers (blood glucose meters) designed for use by a single patient should never be used for more than one patient. Many health care providers are under the mistaken belief that changing the lancet needle or cleaning the fingerstick device between uses prevents cross-contamination; it does not.