To get your blood flow going and expanding, the BD (Becton Dickinson) Microcontainer Genie Lancet is a good choice. This lancet is safety-engineered and use a variety of sharps (blades and needles) to collect blood. This lancet also protects health care personnel from accidents or injury by using a retractable method on the instrument.
For the blood collection, BD Microcontainer Tubes are used. They come in a count of 50 tubes per bag and 200 per case. One version has a tube called a serum separator that contains a clot activator. Another version of the tube has a top that is attached and does not contain a clot activator.
For the BD Genie lancets, there are different measurements of how deep the needle can or should be punctured in the skin:
- If you use the orange lancet, it can go into the skin up to 2.25mm.
- If you use the purple lancet, it can go into the skin up to 1.25 mm.
- If you use the blue lancet, it can go into the skin up to 2.0 mm.
- If you use the green lancet, it can go into the skin up to 1.5 mm
- If you use the pink lancet, it can go into the skin up to 1.0mm.
- For the blue, green and pink lancets, the width of the blade is 1.5mm.
It is recommended that you use more than one type of BD Genie Lancet because of different things in your blood that need to be checked.
The good thing about the BD Genie Lancet is that it is relatively safe to use. There is a minimal chance that you can be injured with this device. This lancet has a retractor that automatically pulls back the blade upon completion. This safety features applies to whoever is using it, whether it is health care personnel or a patient.
In addition to the safety feature, if comfort is the main concern of using this, the Purple BD Genie Lancet is the best one to use. It is compact and made to use one time only. It is also easy to dispose of. With this particular lancet, you don’t have to do any extra work when you test your blood.
If you are not sure of which BD Genie Lancet to use, here is a list of them and what they should be used for:
- The Purple lancet is for a single blood drop and should be applied with the fingersticks.
- The Orange lancet is for a single blood drop and should be applied with the fingersticks. This one is used to test your blood glucose level.
- The Pink lancet is used if you don’t have a lot of blood flow. It can be used if only a small drop of blood is needed for blood glucose testing.
- The Green lancet is used if a medium blood flow is needed. It can be used to put blood in a Microcontainer tube.
- The Blue lancet is used if there is a lot of blood flow. It can be used to put blood in a Micocontainer tube.
You can get more information from your physician on which one you should use if you’re still uncertain. One or more of these lancets is available to best suit your needs.