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Reducing Pain Experience

When checking your blood glucose (blood sugar), always choose a lancing device with technology that reduces vibration - so there’s less skin tearing during finger pricking, hence reducing pain.

The Accu-Chek FastClix and Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device is utilizing Clixmotion® technology. This patented technology makes finger pricking especially gentle for you and helps to minimize skin and nerve ending damage1.

 

Clixmotion ensures controlled lancet movement1.

Clixmotion technology

Conventional technology

  • No vibration – neither in nor out
  • Lancet brought to gentle stop and retracted immediately
  • Vibration causes painful tissue damage
  • Lancet stops abruptly and bounces back

 

In addition, the Accu-Chek FastClix and Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device has:

  • At least 10 customizable depth settings to help match your skin type.
  • Precisely manufactured, beveled, thin-gauge lancets to ensure smoother entry.

 

5 Tips In Reducing Pain During Finger Pricking2

Use a fresh lancet for every test.

Avoid reusing a lancet as it is unhygienic and the tip will be blunt from the previous use, hence making finger pricking more painful.

Alternate fingers every test.

Avoid pricking on the same site as the previous site may be still sensitized. 

Select a shallow penetration depth.

Set penetration depth as shallow as possible but on a depth that still produces a small drop of blood.

Prick on the side of the fingertip.

Do not prick on the center/ pad of the finger as there are many nerve endings, making pricking more painful compared to the side.

Prick on the 3rd or 4th finger.

Avoid pricking on thumb and index finger as the skin is often thicker over frequently used areas requiring deeper pricking, hence making it more painful. 

 

References:

1. Data on file.

2. Mosby’s textbook for long-term care nursing assistants (7th edition), 2015.

 

Updated on 7 Jan 2019

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