Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
July 2, 1999
Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Question from Indiana, USA:
I have Type 2, diagnosed several years ago. I am 32 years old and have been on insulin for four years. I heard that it was okay to reuse disposable syringes. Is that true? If it is true how do you reuse them?
Yes, it is true that many patients re-use their disposable syringes. Many, many studies have been done to show that people don’t get infections from themselves. When patients ask me how many times they can use a syringe, I tell them, “you’ll know” (based on whether it hurts). Be very careful re-capping and don’t touch the needle and put it in a safe place. Don’t use alcohol to clean the needle because you will remove the lubricant and the syringe will no longer be “slippery” and will tend to hurt more.
You can also re-use your lancets for your lancing device.
Discuss these ideas with your diabetes nurse educator.
Additional comments from The Editor:
We recently ran a poll about syringe and lancet reuse.