The Tenderlett® lancet is a self-contained, single-use lancing device. Rather than using a sharpened shaft that pokes the finger like traditional lancets, the Tenderlett uses a tiny knife blade that slices the finger. In the words of the maker, "Tenderlet® devices make a surgical incision instead of a guillotine puncture wound so that tissue damage and pain are virtually eliminated." Our tester said the Tenderlett Toddler was much less painful than a traditional (and recommended) lancet.
Three Tenderletts are available, with varying incision depths:
- Tenderlett® (1.75 mm)
- Tenderlett® Jr. (1.25 mm)
- Tenderlett® Toddler (0.85 mm)
At US$0.59 per device, compared with less than US$0.04 for traditional lancets, the Tenderlett® is the most expensive lancet reviewed in children with DIABETES. And with four pounds (1.8 kg) of pressure needed to release the trigger, it may be difficult for some young kids to use. Older kids and adults will have no trouble.
The inherent safety of lancing devices like the Tenderlett® is greater than traditional lancets and lancing devices. There is no risk of accidentally sticking yourself while recapping the lancet after use, since there is no recapping. The lancet tip is held well inside the plastic casing. Like other self-contained lancing devices, the Tenderlett® lancing device is excellent for use when outdoors, such as while camping and boating.
- Comfort: 10
- Ease of Use: 6 (four pounds of pressure to trigger)
- Safety: 10
- Cost: 1 (about US$59.00 per box of 100)
- Overall: 27
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The reviews of products are the opinion of children with DIABETES. Each product is reviewed with a single purpose: to determine if the product is suitable for use by children with type 1 diabetes, their parents, and, to a lesser degree, adults with type 1 diabetes. There are many products aimed at adults with type 2 diabetes that are not appropriate or suitable for children or adults with type 1 diabetes.
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