The Softclix® lancet is specially designed to be used with the Softclix® Lancing Device. Unlike traditional lancets that have a round shaft, the Softclix lancet has a rectangular cross-section and is significantly smaller than other lancets.
But the Softclix isn't an ordinary lancet, and the Softclix Lancing Device isn't an ordinary lancing device. The manufacturer claims that most discomfort from finger sticks comes from side-to-side motion of the lancet. Their device and lancet combine to form a system that, they claim, eliminates this motion and thus reduces the discomfort associated with finger sticking. Our testing bears out that claim. Our eight-year-old tester used the Softclix for one week and quickly came to the conclusion that it was less painful than other lancets she has used. However, she also noted that she rarely feels blood tests anyway, and that the other recommended lancets (e.g., the B-D Ultra Fine) are easier to use and quite acceptable.
The Softclix lancing device and lancets may be more comfortable than traditional lancing devices and lancets. However, its lancets cost about 50% more than the next most expensive lancets (the BD Ultra-Fine). Irrespective of price, the Softclix lancing device and lancets are easy to use, small, and lightweight and can easily be used by kids of all ages.
- Comfort: 10 (new 28 G lancets are more comfortable than original)
- Ease of Use: 10
- Safety: 10 (lancet ejection mechanism)
- Cost: 3 (about US$28 for the Softclix lancing device, though free with Accu-Chek meters; US$16.50 for 200 lancets)
- Overall: 33
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
Review updated September 20, 2002
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