The Softclix® lancing device is the most sophisticated finger stick device on the market today. It's also the most expensive. Relying on a unique lancet design and precise lancet motion, the Softclix is guaranteed by the manufacturer to be the most comfortable lancet device you've ever used, or your money back.
The Softclix is quite a substantial instrument compared to other lancing devices. Even in it's newer, trimmer size, it still feels sturdier than some other lancing devices, imparting the sense that it's a rugged and durable product. The Softclix weighs about half an ounce, essentially the same as other lancing devices. At 4 1/4 inches long, it is a bit shorter than others though. By comparison, the BD Lancet Device is 5 1/8 inches, the auto-Lancet Adjustable is 4 7/8 inches, and ONE TOUCH UltraSoft is 4 5/8 inches.
The slot into which the special Softclix lancet is loaded is much sturdier than the lancet holding parts of some other lancing devices (with the exception of devices using XL style lancets). If you've ever had that part break on your current lancing device, you won't have to worry about that with the Softclix.
To use the Softclix, you pull the cap off, insert the special Softclix lancet into the lancet holder, twist off the lancet's protective cover, and then push the cap back on. The cap has to be aligned in a certain way to be pushed back on, which takes just a little getting used to. Holding the base of the cap, you then adjust the depth of penetration by twisting the tip of the cap. The numbers at the end indicate the depth of penetration. There are 11 depth settings. To cock the device, press the button on the end until it clicks. At this point, the release button changes from clear to yellow, raises up slightly, and is ready to be pressed. The release button requires 14 ounces of pressure to trigger. By comparison, the BD Lancet Device triggers at 6 ounces, and the auto-Lancet Adjustable triggers at 4 ounces. If the sample is insufficient, you can dial a greater depth, recock, and try again. After use, you pull of the top, pull on the lancet ejector sleeve, and the lancet drops out of the lancet holder. Overall, the Softclix is very easy to use.
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 is easy to use, small, and lightweight and can easily be used by kids of all ages.
Softclix® Lancing Device
- Comfort: 10 (new 28 G lancets are more comfortable than original)
- Ease of Use: 10
- Safety: 9 (lancet ejection mechanism)
- Overall: 29
The Softclix lancing device. Click for a larger photo.
The Softclix tip removed. Click for a larger photo.
Using the SoftClix. Click for a larger photo.
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
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Review updated August 28, 2005
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