Innovation in lancing devices and lancets has been more about decreasing the diameter of the lancet than figuring out a better way -- until now. The ACCU-CHEK Multiclix uses a six-lancet drum that hides the lancet from view at all times, making it as safe as you can get and the perfect lancing device for kids, especially at school. It comes with two caps, a blue one for use on the fingertips and a clear one for use on alternate sites. Highly recommended.
The Multiclix operates a bit differently from traditional lancing devices, but it is easy to use once you get the hang of it. First you remove the cap and insert a drum. You then replace the cap and you're ready to go. You cock the Multiclix by pushing the end in. You'll see the clear button turn yellow when it's ready to use. To advance to the next lancet, you twist the end a quarter turn. However, you can continue to use any one of the six lancets as long as you like, meaning that for most people, the six lancets in one drum will provide for many days -- if not weeks -- of blood samples. Note that reusing a lancet is off label use and is not endorsed by Roche.
A new, unused Multiclix drum (left) and one that has been used (right). You can't insert a used drum back into the Multiclix lancing device, but you can reuse the lancets as often as you like.
The Multiclix will stand out at school because the lancet itself is never exposed, essentially eliminating the risk of an accidental stick. For kids at school, this means that the Multiclix is, right now, the best lancing device available.
ACCU-CHEK Multiclix Lancet Device
- Comfort: 10 (11 depth adjustments)
- Ease of Use: 10 (easy, but different than other devices)
- Safety: 10 (you never see an exposed lancet)
- Overall: 30 Highly recommended.
Four popular lancing devices (top to bottom): ACCU-CHEK Softclix, ACCU-CHEK Multiclix, SoftTouch, and BD Lancing Device
The BD 33 gauge lancet, the Multiclix lancet, and the BD 31 gauge lancet.
The Multiclix product box
The Multiclix refill box
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
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 posted August 25, 2005
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