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Question - How dangerous is sharing Lancet devices? Contamination?

Discussion in 'School and Daycare' started by mommyto3, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. mommyto3

    mommyto3 New Member

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    My 7th grade daughter used another child's lancet device and meter at school. She had forgotten her's at home. She has gotten into a lot of trouble for doing this both with us and the school. How concerned should I be that she has been cross contaminated with another child's blood? It was a drum-type lancet device and she is insisting she turned it and I know the family. Also, how much trouble should she be in with the school? So far they have suspended her for a day until we have a meeting on Tuesday. Should I expect a more severe punishment?
     
  2. swellman

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    Personally, if it were my child I wouldn't sweat it if I knew the other child or their parents. I personally think that the likelihood of infection is near zero especially if the drum was turned and if neither child has any infectious disease then the chance is zero. I would, however, discuss with him and take the opportunity to educate but I don't think it's a big deal. That's just my $0.02.
     
  3. emm142

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    Suspended!? :eek: I'd be on the school about that one. But then, I'm not a big fan of suspension where it isn't totally necessary.

    I've used someone else's lancet before. We are good friends and know each other very well, and I was low. I didn't worry about the risks since I was 14 and she was 12 and we knew we didn't have blood borne diseases. The amount of blood transfer is SO minimal as well - I think it's unlikely that anything would be transferred.

    Education is important and the sharing of needles and lancets is far from ideal, but I think that a suspension is too much. That's just my opinion.
     
  4. Tamara Gamble

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    Suspended?????? They cannot suspend her for that. That's completely inappropriate. Cross contamination is possible but not likely. Needle goes through dirty cap. She should always have a second set of everything at school. Then the problem is avoided. As far as your school goes they are out of line. I would propose the aforementioned solution and I would not stand for a suspension. Call the ADA.
     
  5. Tamara Gamble

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    What are their grounds? What did they say specifically?
     
  6. lisac

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    I am not for sharing lancing devices. My dh and dd are NOT allowed to share. I doubt it would hurt anything, but it's just yucky to me. That being said, I'd be pretty upset about the suspension!! Good luck dealing with the school.
     

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