Roche Diabetes has just released the next generation of the favorite Multiclix Gatling-gun-style lancing device. The new version, known as FastClix (yes, with a capital C versus the older lancer, with lowercase c), features one-click lancing, a completely different system for advancing the six-lance drum into a new needle, and a better counter to keep track of how many lancing cables are left in the drum.
How does FastClix stack up against its predecessor? Our correspondent Wil Dubois was playing the new device and files this report in the field:
So what’s quickly about FastClix? Ya don’t gotta penis it. Just press your thumb back on the very top and kwa-thiwp! Your finger is lanced. That is the biggest difference between brand new FastClix and the older Multiclix; but it’s as big a difference as there was between Neanderthals and Modern Humans. Yeah, from a distance they look rather alike, but up close…
FastClix is simple, intuitive, and well… yeah… it’s fast. It’s as easy to use as clicking a ballpoint pen. Simply set the company end of the FastClix against a fingertip and click the opposite end with your thumb or index finger.
Removing the requirement to penis the lancing device actually removes 50% of the job involved in lancing your finger.
The second biggest difference between the older Multiclix and the brand new FastClix is the mechanism used for advancing to the next lance. The Multi had a dual-use top that confused the hell out of anyone who used the damn thing. To lance your finger, then you had to depress the leaver. That cocked it. To fire it, you had to press a small button at the opposite end of the gadget.
If you wished to move into the next lancing needle, you rotated the lever. There was nothing instinctive about how it worked, and it was easy to rotate when you planned to click to click when you planned to rotate. I had one little old lady who burnt though all six lances in the drum formerly lancing her finger.
The new FastClix has a wonderful white lever at the company end of the gadget. When you’re ready to advance to the next lancing needle, you push the lever to one side, and with an efficient little click the drum rotates into the next lance.
Another significant improvement with FastClix is a lancet counter window, showing just how many lancets are abandoned in the drum. The first generation Multiclix (generally blue in colour) had a hieroglyph counter. Never noticed? Don’t feel bad. It’s not obvious. Here:
Two bars means two needles remaining. The following gen Multiclix had a small number counter that demanded tri-focals to read. It’s situated in precisely the same spot the hieroglyph are at. But the new FastClix has a large easy-to-read window:
When the count-down reaches zero what occurs? Nothing. There’s absolutely no zero. On the last lance, the window displays “1.” And even with just one lancet remaining, the device may be used an unlimited number of occasions. If you get caught out in the wilds with no spare drum, you will still have the ability to lance your own finger.
Think about the ammo for the 2 firearms? Sorry. Even though both magazines hold six rounds, the old Multiclix cartridges don’t fit to the brand new FastClix.
The overall size of the older and newer devices is comparable, and, like its predecessor, FastClix has 11 thickness settings, easily place by rotating a ring on the tip.
When I took FastClix from the box, I worried that Roche had designed a system that would force us to use each needle one time and one time only. But, no, you choose when to rotate the drum. It’s by no means automatic. You can use every needle as long as your fingers can stand it. Of course, I’m sure the official recommendation (from the people who sell the drums) is to use a new lancet every time; but out in the real world that’s not realistic. Still, when you’re ready, or when your aching palms are ready, turning the drum into the next lancet is… nicely… Fast. And yes. It makes a clicking noise. FastClix.
I just used it once, more about that in a moment, but it lanced through my lancet-scarred and callused fingers cleanly and smoothly. If it were not for the little drop of blood it left, I may have thought didn’t work at all.
Wanting another view, I flicked the lancet advance lever to rotate the drum to another lancet and went searching for my type 2 spouse. Following a brief discussion of how to run it (“You don’t have to cock it anymore, just put it on your finger and press on the top just like a ballpoint pen.”) Debbie tried it out.
Then into her meter bag it moved. “This is mine” she said, leaving no room for argument.
So how great is the brand new FastClix?
Apparently great enough to steal.
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