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How can I find out if my glucose monitor kit is accurate?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Most glucose monitor kits come with a test solution. You will need to squeeze a drop of this solution on to a test strip and insert it into your monitor. You should test the solution as you would test your blood. After the monitor has determined the amount of glucose in the solution, you should compare it to the amount printed on the solution bottle. If the two numbers are the same, you know your glucose monitor kit is functioning properly.

To ensure your results are accurate, you should use the test solution each time you open a new box of test strips. You should also use the solution periodically as you do your regular blood testing. Always test your monitor if you receive a blood sugar reading that is odd.

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