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March 2017

Genteel Butterfly Touch Lancet Review

By Samuel Kolodney 2 years ago 2565 Views No comments


If you have ever had to repeatedly stick yourself with a lancet to draw blood, you know what it is like to experience anxiety just before you initiate the lancing device to prick your finger and obtain the blood sample.

I am grateful I do not personally have to do this for my health but as part of my job I test out the products offered on Doctor's Option to ensure they live up to the claims made by the manufacturer. I have to say that after looking at the research, I was optimistic that this new Butterfly Touch Lancet by Genteel would live up to its promise as a pain free lancet and I was not disappointed.

The design of these lancets is unique, it is not a single gauge. If you look closely at the point, you can see it is tapered on an angle that allows it to penetrate the surface of the skin painlessly and gets thicker toward the base in order to create a hole that is sufficiently wide to enable the blood to flow to the surface to form an adequate sample.

In reviewing the research, I found that the developers at Genteel did a complete scientific study on 32 of the leading lancets and literally examined them under a microscope to see what physical properties where responsible for obtaining an adequate blood sample with the least amount of associated pain. They assigned a number called a Figure of Merit to each lancet they tested.

The Figure of Merit number is calculated by the average micro-liters of blood obtained in the sample divided by the average subjective pain level (1-10) given by all subjects for each lancet. The lancet with the highest Figure of Merit was the one that got the highest amount of blood with the least amount of pain.

Characteristics of needle design, such as number and angle of facet cuts in the tip, needle diameter, flexibility of the shaft, and level of needle polish were analyzed and compared to each lancet’s Figure of Merit. The result of the study is that Genteel’s engineers were able to positively identify the properties that were associated with better performance. They then incorporated all the best features of the lancets with the highest Figures of Merit into a new lancet called the “Butterfly Touch”.

Once the product was developed, the Butterfly Touch Lancet, performed 27.7% better than the average of the next two highest performing, commercially available lancets.

I found this methodology fascinating and logical. I couldn't wait to try it out! When the sample arrived I loaded my Genteel Lancing Instrument with a Butterfly Touch Lancet and went to it. As you can see from the picture below, the first lancing experience was so painless that I immediately did it again to see if I could repeat the results. It definitely works and I can see why Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has decided that these are the only lancets he purchases for his personal use.

You have to try it for yourself! Get a box of 100 Butterfly Touch Lancets today.




How people with peripheral neuropathy keep their feet healthy

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This video by Barry Jacobs D.O. offers insights into how people who are in danger of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy can quickly and easily test to make sure their sense of sensation is still intact before serious complications develop that can lead to foot ulcers and amputations.

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Mobile Alert System To Call & Text Caregivers Directly

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Finally, A Mobile Medical Alert Device Dials & Texts Your Caregiver.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one out of four seniors age 65 or older reports a fall. Regardless of whether they are seriously injured, seniors who live independently often limit their daily activities because of a fear of falling. These self-limiting behaviors can lead to physical decline, feelings of isolation and depression.

Seniors, who live on their own, report feeling safer and more secure when they have a medical alarm button. Unfortunately, many seniors resist calling the professional monitoring center associated with their alarm unless they think it is a life or death emergency. Poor judgements made after a fall can have serious consequences. RescueTouch innovative CareCallers™ train wearers to call every time a fall occurs, especially when they are not sure it is serious.

When the CareCaller SOS button is pressed, it directly sends a text notification and then calls up to three user-programmable contacts that may include caregivers, family, neighbors, or friends. The text message alerts all contacts, provides the wearer’s name, date and time of the SOS, GPS location of the wearer, and even provides a link to a Google map to make it easy to find a senior who may be disoriented. A call is then placed to the three contacts on the list in order of priority. If the first contact does not answer, the CareCaller™ dials the second number and then the third number. This process is repeated for up to five minutes. Once the call is connected, a built-in two-way speakerphone makes it easy to talk with the wearer.

If you are caring for a senior with limited mobility or who gets disoriented, CareCaller™ has an advanced feature that can’t be found on other older devices. Pre-designated contacts can text the CareCaller™ device and receive its current location quickly and easily and can even call a senior’s CareCaller™ directly to check-in and make sure they are okay. Learn more at RescueTouch .

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