Understanding Plastic Lancets
Hi there! If you’re new to using plastic lancets for blood sampling, it’s totally normal to feel a bit unsure about how to use them correctly. That’s why we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to using plastic lancets by Recombigen.
First off, let’s start with the basics.
What are Plastic Lancets?
Plastic lancets are small medical devices used for blood sampling. They are small, disposable, and easy to use. These devices have a small, sharp needle enclosed in a plastic casing, which is used to prick the skin for blood collection.
Why use Plastic Lancets?
Using plastic lancets for blood sampling has many benefits. For one, they are less painful compared to traditional metal lancets. The plastic casing also reduces the risk of accidental needle stick injuries. Additionally, plastic lancets are more convenient and hygienic, as they can be easily disposed of after use.
How to Use Plastic Lancets
Now that we know what plastic lancets are and why they’re useful, let’s go through the steps on how to use them.
Step 1: Clean the Sampling Area
Before using a plastic lancet, it’s important to clean the area where the sample will be taken from. Use an alcohol swab or cotton ball soaked in alcohol to clean the area. This helps to prevent infections and ensures that the sample is not contaminated.
Step 2: Load the Plastic Lancet
Remove the cap from the plastic lancet to expose the needle. Most plastic lancets come preloaded, but if yours doesn’t, make sure to load the needle according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Prick the Skin
Hold the plastic lancet against the skin at a 90-degree angle. Push the lancet against the skin until you feel a slight resistance, then push down firmly to prick the skin.
Step 4: Collect the Sample
Allow the blood to flow into the collection area, which can be a small vial or a test strip. Be sure to collect the appropriate amount of blood required for the test or analysis.
Step 5: Dispose of the Plastic Lancet
After using the plastic lancet, dispose of it safely in a sharps container or a puncture-resistant container.
Using plastic lancets for blood sampling is a simple and convenient process. With a little practice, you’ll be able to do it quickly and easily. Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and dispose of the used lancets properly.
If you have any questions or concerns about using plastic lancets or any other medical device, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Recombigen. We’re always here to help!
We hope this beginner’s guide to using plastic lancets by Recombigen has been helpful. Happy sampling!
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