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How do I check my blood glucose?

  • Make sure your hands and skin are clean and dry. Soap or lotion on your skin can cause incorrect test results.

  • Puncture the skin where testing is to be done with the lancing device. If there is a problem with potential hypoglycemia, use your finger for testing.

  • Squeeze or milk out the amount of blood needed by the individual meter. With alternative sites, follow manufacturer’s instructions.

  •  Follow instructions to see if blood needs to be dropped on the test strip or if the finger or other site should be held so the strip can absorb the blood.

  • Apply firm pressure with a cotton ball or tissue to the lanced site until bleeding stops.
  • Dispose of the lancet and test strip according to local waste disposal laws
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    • Record your test results in your logbook. Make sure your name and telephone numbers are in your logbook in case you lose it.

     

     

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