Which depth setting should I use?
Your most comfortable setting will depend on a few things: Whether you're using a fingertip or an alternative site. Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternative site testing is right for you. Your skin type. Softer, thinner skin requires a shallower setting than thicker skin. The required blood sample. The more blood you require, the higher the setting you'll need. Start with a low setting when using the lancing device for the first time. Dial to a higher setting until the blood volume is right. For alternative sites, try 3 for palm testing or 5.5 for forearm or upper arm testing. (These are suggested settings, yours may differ.)
Can the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device be used for alternative site testing?
Yes, it can be used for alternative site testing (AST) by using the specially designed AST cap. When performing AST we recommend using the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device at the: Base of the little finger Base of the thumb Inside of the forearm Check with your doctor to see if and when AST is suitable for you.
Can the first blood drop be used for a blood glucose test?
Yes. However, any contamination of the fingertip with dirt or liquids (sweat, fruit juice, etc.) may affect glucose readings. Clean and dry fingertips are a pre-requisite for an optimal blood glucose test.
How do I use the clear alternative site testing cap?
Remove the black cap from the lancing device. Attach the clear plastic cap, and twist the rotatable cap until you reach your chosen depth setting. Prime the lancing device, and place the clear cap firmly against the selected site. Press the release button to lance.
Can I use a lancet more than once?
Always use a new lancet when you obtain blood. In doing this, you reduce the risk of infection and obtaining blood remains virtually pain-free.
Can the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device be used on more than one person?
No. The Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device is intended to be used by one person only. If someone else uses your lancing device there is an increased risk of cross contamination and infection.
Can I continue to use my Accu-Chek lancing device if it's been dropped?
Dropping the lancing device with a lancet inserted may loosen the lancet in its holder. If that happens, the lancet will no longer be properly lodged and cannot be used to obtain blood. In rare cases, the lancet may protrude from the cap. Take great care not to touch the front of the cap.
How do I use the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device?
The Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device is small and easy to operate. Pull off the cap. Insert a new lancet into the lancet holder and push it in until it clicks. Press the cap on again until it clicks. Turn the rotatable cap to the desired penetration depth. Press the priming button down until it clicks. Press the lancing device firmly against the side of the fingertip. Press the yellow release button. After measuring your blood glucose, pull off the cap and slide the ejector forwards to remove the lancet.
How should I safely dispose of used lancets?
Lancets should be placed and disposed of in an approved sharps container, and in accordance with local regulations. For further information, please see your package insert.
What can I do to ensure I obtain enough blood?
Take the following actions: Run warm water over your hands before obtaining blood to increase blood flow. Be sure to dry hands completely. Improve blood flow to the fingers by warming them. Lower hands below your waist level and gently massage the selected finger before obtaining blood. Press the lancing device firmly against the side of your fingertip. After lancing, massage your finger towards the tip to encourage a blood drop to form. If all of the above steps are insufficient, increase the penetration depth of the lancet device by rotating the cap one step at a time.
What happens if expired lancets are used?
Expired lancets should not be used. The use of an expired lancet may cause an infection at the puncture site as the lancet may have lost its sterility
What is the right way to clean the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device and how often should I clean it?
To keep your lancing device in tip-top condition, clean it regularly and wipe off any blood from it immediately. Clean your lancing device from the outside only. Never dip the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device in water, isopropanol or any other liquid. This may damage internal parts, and impair operation of the lancing device. Follow a weekly cleaning regimen using a cloth moistened with 70% isopropanol or 70% ethanol (available from your pharmacy or chemist). In addition, thoroughly wipe the inside of the cap using a cotton bud moistened with 70% isopropanol. Other substances used for cleaning may attack the plastic and stop the lancing device from operating properly. Do not clean the Accu-Chek Softclix lancets. Allow your Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device enough time to dry thoroughly. Check your package insert for detailed instructions on how to clean the lancing device.