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The auto-Lancet Adjustable lancing device represents a significant improvement over the standard auto-Lancet lancing device. is one of the most commonly used lancing devices. It's sold under a variety of names (such as the Soft Touch Adjustable), from several companies, but it looks the same no matter where you get it. The auto-Lancet Adjustable is about the size of a pen, very lightweight (half an ounce), and is very easy for even young kids to use. The The auto-Lancet Adjustable uses standard lancets, such as the Soft Touch, B-D Ultra Fine II, and ComforTouch. Other than the adjustable depth head, the The auto-Lancet Adjustable is identical in to the highly recommended auto-Lancet lancing device.

To use the The auto-Lancet Adjustable, 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 The auto-Lancet Adjustable. The The auto-Lancet Adjustable comes with one top that has five lancing depths.

Cocking the The auto-Lancet Adjustable 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 The auto-Lancet Adjustable is cocked. Only four ounces (100 g) of pressure is needed to release the trigger. You can recock the The auto-Lancet Adjustable 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 remains the weak link in the The auto-Lancet Adjustable. 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 reports that the lancet holder has been improved and uses stronger material, making breaking less likely. Should your lancing device break, each distributor is very good about replacing broken devices within the five year warranty period.

The The auto-Lancet Adjustable is an excellent lancing device. It's ligthweight, requires little trigger pressure, and accepts all standard lancets. Highly recommended.

The auto-Lancet Adjustable

  • Comfort: 10 (5 depth adjustments)
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Safety: 8 (manual lancet removal)
  • Overall: 28
The auto-Lancet Adjustable by Palco
The auto-Lancet Adjustable by Palco is resold by many other diabetes product makers.

The auto-Lancet Adjustable Mini by Palco
The auto-Lancet Adjustable Mini is a shortened version and works equally well.

Adjustable Soft Touch
The tip of the The auto-Lancet Adjustable lancing device can be set to one of five lancing depths. Our nine year old tester, using Soft Touch lancets, found setting four to be comfortable and deep enough to yield a good sized sample. Click to see a larger image.

Note that some lancets fit more tightly in the The auto-Lancet Adjustable holder than others.

  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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