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The auto-Lancet non-adjustable lancing device is one of the most commonly used lancing devices. It's sold under a variety of names, from several suppliers, but it looks the same no matter what. The auto-Lancet is about the size of a pen, very lightweight (half an ounce), and is very easy for even young kids to use. The auto-Lancet uses standard lancets, such as the B-D Ultra Fine II or ComforTouch.

To use the auto-Lancet, you unscrew the top to expose the spring-loaded lancet holder. You then place the lancet into the lancet holder, using your finger to keep the lancet holder steady. After removing the safety top of the lancet, you screw the top back on the auto-Lancet.

Cocking the auto-Lancet is easy: you hold the top and bottom halfs and pull gently apart until you hear a soft "click." You'll notice the trigger raise from the body of the unit, indicating the auto-Lancet is cocked. Only four ounces (100 g) of pressure is needed to release the trigger. You can recock the auto-Lancet for another stick if you need to without exposing the lancet.

To remove the lancet after testing, you unscrew the top and remove the lancet manually. This is a slight safety problem, since you have to grab onto the lancet while the point is exposed. Kids need to be taught to be careful when removing a lancet so they don't scratch or poke themselves. When removing the lancet, it's best to hold the lancet holder still with a finger nail. This also helps reduce the risk of cracking the lancet holder.

The lancet holder is the weak link in the auto-Lancet. If any part of the unit breaks, it's usually the lancet holder. A break is usually in the form of a crack at the base of the holder, which results in lancets being held in place less firmly than they should be. Palco, the manufacturer, is very good about replacing products that break within the five year warranty.

While the auto-Lancet is a fine lancing device, an adjustable lancing device is a better choice for everyone. We recommend the auto-Lancet Adjustable, the BD Lancet Device, and the Penlet Plus.

auto-Lancet (non-adjustable)

  • Comfort: 5 (compared with adjustable lancing devices)
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Safety: 9 (exposed lancet)
  • Overall: 24

  the auto-Lancet Non-Adjustable

  Palco Labs, Inc
360 El Pueblo Road, Suite 102
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
831-430-1600 or 800-346-4488

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.

Review updated August 28, 2005

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