Glucometer – Which one is good?

Diabetic patient doing glucose level blood test using ultra mini glucometer and small drop of blood from finger and test strips isolated on a white background. Device shows 115 mg/dL which is normal

How should I choose my Glucometer?

When choosing a meter, here are some features to consider:

1.     Meter size
2.     Amount of blood needed for the sample
3.     How long it takes to display the reading
4.     Ease in reading the display
5.     Ability to save the results in the meter’s memory
6.     Cost of the meter and strips

What is the correct method of testing Blood glucose with glucometer?

·      Wash hands with soap and warm water.
·      Dry hands.
·      Prepare the lancing device by inserting a fresh lancet.
·      Use the lancing device to obtain a small drop of blood from side of fingertip or alternate site (like the skin of the forearm).
         – Alternate sites are often less painful than the fingertip.
         – Results are not as accurate as fingertip samples when the blood glucose is rising or falling rapidly
·      If difficulty getting a good drop of blood from the fingertip, try rinsing your fingers with warm water,         shaking the hand below the waist, or squeezing (“milking”) the fingertip.
·      Apply the blood drop to the test strip in the blood glucose meter.
·      Dispose of the used lancet in a puncture-resistant sharps container (not in household trash).

Author: KV Labs

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