While YDMV, if you want to find out the best version of any type of diabetes product just ask a group of people with diabetes. Just living our daily lives with diabetes gives us ample opportunity to crowdsource the “benefits and challenges” of any device.
I found out about the MuliClix lancing device several years ago through the diabetes online community and have been trying to make fellow converts ever since. At conferences, walks, and expos I bring friends and strangers over to the Accu-chek displays to get samples. I am the go-to contributor for posts on other websites about MultiClix fans. I even write love poems and design “Keep Calm” posters to display my love of the lancing device.
You could say then that I was intrigued but skeptical when I heard at the Roche Summit last year that a new lancing device was coming to market that had the potential to overtake the Multiclix in popularity. I waited on the edge of my lancet drum for the new device to finally become available in the US. Monday was a beautiful mail day for me when a sample of the FastClix finally arrived in my mailbox (the other stuff in the picture came from Brian).
The Fastclix is roughly the same size and shape at the MulitClix. Both devices have a slight raised edge around the lancet hole to provide extra accuracy to “the poke”. The raised edge on the FastClix is less than the Multiclix and I think this is a mistake. I could clearly feel where I was poking on the MultiClix and with the FastClix I can’t really feel the edges.
The lancet drums for the two devices are basically the same. The FastClix drums are a little smaller but they both work in their respective devices in the same way. Each drum holds six lancets. The user never sees the lancets and the drum expands when removed from the device so there is no chance of accidental poking. No one handles my lancing device except me, but I can see where this would be an advantage for a caretaker or school situation.
I read a review of the device on Stacey’s blog a few weeks ago, but still didn’t understand how the device worked without priming the trigger. I figured if I didn’t understand, that maybe there are other people who didn’t understand either so I made a little video. It’s hard to make a video that requires both of your hands when you live alone, so don’t mock my technique too much. Also, I’m not sure why but I used the term “test” in reference to checking my blood sugar. Ignore that. You don’t test your blood sugar – you check it. You can’t fail, so it isn’t a test.
Disclosure: I was sent the FastClix lancing device and several replacement lancet drums for my personal review by Accu-Chek FastClix product launch team. I was not asked to write a post and all opinions expressed in this post (and potential future love poem inspired posts) are entirely my own.