The Gentle-let 1 is a self-contained, single-use lancing device and lancet. Though much more expensive than traditional lancets (25 cents each compared with less than 4 cents), this unusual product has a place in unusual circumstances, such as:
- Camping and hiking
- School or daycare
- Any place where safe disposal might be difficult
Since the lancet and lancing device are a single piece, the Gentle-let 1 is very easy for young kids to use. There is no inserting a lancet into a lancing device, and no removing the lancet after use for disposal. This makes the Gentle-let 1 quite useful for teaching young kids how to do their own blood tests.
The Gentle-let 1 comes in two depths: normal and extra. Use the extra, since the spring tension on the Gentle-let 1 is not as great as a separate lancing device. You'll need the "extra" depth to get a sample through the calluses kids fingers develop.
The inherent safety of lancing devices like the Gentle-let 1 is greater than standard lancets. There is no risk of accidentally sticking yourself while recapping the lancet after use. The lancet tip is held well inside the plastic casing. For young kids testing on their own, or kids with reduced vision or motor skills, this product could be a big help.
The Gentle-let 1 is essentially identical to the Unistik® 2, with the added advante of being able to break off the triggering mechanism after use to prevent reuse.
- Comfort: 6
- Ease of Use: 10
- Safety: 10
- Cost: 1 (US$25.00 per 100)
- Overall: 27
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