Pelikan Sun Lancing Device Pricks Fingers Painlessly

Beth writes:
We got this fancy new lancing device for my 10-year-old son, who has Type 1 diabetes and has to check his blood sugar multiple times a day. Most lancing devices use a spring to jam a needle into your skin. Using a microprocessor and motor, the Pelikan Sun lancing device actually drives lancet in to a set distance, slows to a stop, and retracts in about one second. It really doesn't hurt at all, and in fact you can't even find the site a minute later. Anyone who has ever had to hold a screaming toddler on their lap at the pediatrician's so they can have their finger pricked will immediately understand why this technology is a godsend for children with diabetes. As an added bonus, it greatly reduces scarring.
I'm feeling charitable to humanity today, so I'm going to presume this isn't astroturf and just a competently written recommendation. Don't disappoint me, Beth! The Pelikan Sun is available in the US, Germany, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand and may be covered by your insurance. If it's not, you'll have to pay two-hundred bucks, plus buy boxes of disposable lancets for a "comparable price to other high quality lancets." (Read: Probably a little more expensive than the average lancet.) Product Page []
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4 Responses to Pelikan Sun Lancing Device Pricks Fingers Painlessly

  1. Not a Doktor says:

    I knew a Type 1 guy who played guitar, so instead he’d do it on the bottom of his chin

  2. Simon Greenwood says:

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have a couple of slightly more low tech blood sugar testers. They come with a map of where it’s OK to take samples from and it’s quite a lot of the body. I think I’ll stick with fingers as I only have to do it a couple of times a week at the moment.

  3. paxamoret says:

    Hi Joel,
    Thanks for the trust — let me assure you I’m a real mom of a real diabetic child with no affiliation with Pelikan. My excitement about the product is genuine, however; my son needs to check his blood sugar with 5-10 finger sticks a day (over 2,500 a year) and every single one used to hurt. It’s not a cure, but it makes the wait for one a little less painful.

  4. jhef says:

    This is the real deal! I saw it at the Children with Diabetes conference in July 2008. I was skeptical, as it is expensive and VERY LARGE! I asked my 8-year old to give it a try. He has had diabetes for 5-1/2 years and like Paxamoret, test’s 5-10 times per day. (My son is not the type to try new things, so it took some pressure to get him to give it a try.)

    We used the device and to my amazement my son asked to buy it! (Did I mention he doesn’t like to try new things?) He said that he didn’t even feel the finger stick.

    We were told by the sales reps that the callouses and “black dots” would go away. I am awaiting my next doctor visit in September to get a prescription and give it a try. I think the $200 is worth it if it means my son’s hands are less likely to get nerve damage.

    Hey Simon Greenwood – you REALLY need to test more than a few times per week!! You have no idea how much it changes. We are now on a CGM and the number of highs and lows that we miss through finger sticks alone is incredible.


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