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1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 A re you still checking diabetic patients' blood sugar the old- fashioned way? We were, but recently, we converted to dis- posable safety lancets, which are a big step up in safety and efficiency. In the past, if there wasn't sufficient blood from the IV stick, we used a traditional lancet to poke patients' fingers. But lancets not only harbor bacteria, they were also a constant danger to the staff, because the blade was exposed. With the safety lancets, which cost pennies apiece, the blade advances and retracts in a small fraction of a second, so the danger is eliminated. Plus, they're dispos- able, so there's no infection risk. Susan Donoway, RN, ASN Azar Eye Surgery Center Salisbury, Md. sdonoway@azareyeinstitute.com Check Patients' Blood Sugar With Safety Lancets • STICK SHIFT Safety lancets help reduce infection risks and sharps injuries. Susan Donoway, RN, ASN Ideas Work That

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