The Soft Touch II lancing device is a successor to the highly recommended Soft Touch lancing device. It is more subtantial than the Soft Touch, both in feel and strength required to operate. It also has a safety problem that can cause unintended cuts, resulting in an unacceptable rating.
The Soft Touch II uses standard lancets, such as the B-D Ultra Fine and ComforTouch.
To use the Soft Touch II, you pull off the top to expose the spring-loaded lancet holder. You then place the lancet into the lancet holder and push it in as far as you can. There is no tactile feedback. After removing the safety top of the lancet, you push the top back on the Soft Touch II. Two tops are included: the "regular" top and an "extra-depth" top. Little kids usually use the regular top, but sometimes the extra-depth top helps ensure a good drop without a lot of sqeezing. With the lancet in place, you are now ready to cock it and experience the safety problem.
To cock the Soft Touch II you slide the cocking mechanism back until you hear a click. But keep your fingers away from the tip of the Soft Touch II while you do this: the cocking mechanism pushes the lancet tip out through the hole in the cover while it is cocking! If you have a finger over the tip, you will be cut. The Soft Touch II requires 1.5 pounds (700 g) of pressure to cock and release the trigger, almost four times as much as the Soft Touch. This makes it much harder for kids to use than the previous model. You can recock the Soft Touch II for another stick if you need to without exposing the lancet.
To remove the lancet after testing, you simply remove the cover and slide the cocking mechanism towards the front of the device. The lancet will fall out.
Given the safety problem and the increased pressure required to operate, the Soft Touch II is not recommended.
Soft Touch II
- Comfort: 9
- Ease of Use: 5
- Safety: 1 (pushing lancet out tip while cocking)
- Overall: 15
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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