Self Monitoring Blood Glucose
In diabetes management Self Monitoring Blood Glucose plays a major role. The following steps are required for blood glucose testing:
- You need the following for self-check: blood glucose meter, test strips, lancets and a lancing device.
*Keep the meter and the strips away from heat and sun shine.
- Start by washing your hands and dry them thoroughly.
- Make sure that the code number on the test strips is the same code on the meter, it is very important to ensure accurate readings.
- Follow the blood glucose meter’s instruction for blood drop application and subsequent blood glucose measurement, because each machine has different way to use.
- Prepare your lancing device and prick the side of your finger tip. You have to choose a different site each time you prick.
- To obtain a required sample of blood, press lightly or massage the finger you prick until you have a good drop of blood; if it is not good, do not use it as a sample for testing, but dry the area gently, and try to get a new sample from the same prick or make a new prick elsewhere and apply it to the testing strip.
Avoid adding more blood after taking the blood sample. Don’t move the test strip from the meter before it give the result.
- Discard used strips and lancets in a special box and keep it away from children.
- Wait until the result is displayed and write it down to your diabetes logbook.
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- Take your diabetes logbook with you to every appointment with your medical practitioner; it will help in making plan to control your Diabetes.