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Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?


Please vote in each section. You'll need to submit multiple votes.




I reuse lancets






I do not reuse lancets






Syringes or pen needles


I reuse syringes or pen needles






I do not reuse syringes or pen needles






Pump supplies


I reuse pump supplies






I do not reuse pump supplies






I don't use an insulin pump






Continuous Sensors (if you use one)


I reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)






I do not reuse sensors (beyond recommended time limit)






Total votes: 95


Do you or your child reuse lancets, syringes/pen needles, pump supplies, or continuous sensors?

Poll dates: July 29 - August 5, 2015
Total Votes: 95

In previous years, we've asked our readers about reusing lancets and syringes. In this poll, we also asked about pump supplies and continuous sensors. The data from this year shows:

ProductLancetsSyringesPump SuppliesContinuous Sensors
Don't Reuse9%67%73%55%

As would be expected, the vast majority of people report reusing lancets (91%). Syringe reuse is much less common at 33%. Reuse of pump supplies is even less -- 27%.

Reuse of sensors from continuous glucose monitors, which we defined as using a sensor beyond the recommended time limit, is also high. Just about half of people who use continuous sensors report using the sensors longer than recommended. With clinical trials and unpublished data from clinicians showing that sensors last longer than noted on product packaging, and given the expense of these sensors, it is not surprising that so many people report using them for extended periods of time.

The following graph summarizes the results of this year's poll:

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Last Updated: Wednesday August 05, 2015 01:55:40
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