How To Use A Single-Strip Glucose Meter
If you have diabetes, testing your blood sugar levels at home can help your doctor determine how well your diabetes treatment plan is working for you. Your doctor will show you how to use your personal blood glucose meter and how to interpret the results. For a quick refresher, VideoJug is here to help.
Step 1: You Will Need
Step 2: The Meter
There are currently over 25 different glucose meters commercially available.
They differ in:
• Amount of blood needed per test
• Test speed
• Overall size
• Read-out size
• Memory storage
• Cost of meter (and)
• Cost of test strips
You need to read all of the package instructions that come with your meter to learn its specific functions.
Step 3: Scrub Up
Before testing your glucose level, wash and thoroughly dry your hands.
Step 4: Prepare The Lancet Holder
Insert a new needle into the holder.
Take off any protective covering from the lancet and snap the lancet holder cap back on. Adjust the puncture depth of the lancet if necessary. Level 2 is a good starting point.
Step 5: Insert Test Strip
Remove your meter test strip from your container. Replace the bottle cap promptly. Then insert the test strip into the open end of your meter.
Step 6: Calibrate
The first time you use your glucose meter, you will need to calibrate the meter to the test strip using a test solution. Confirm that the meter reads within an acceptable range.
Step 7: Take A Test
Insert a new fresh test strip. Hold the lancing device firmly against the side of your finger. Press the release button. After you feel the slight prick in your finger, gently squeeze or massage your fingertip to get a round drop of blood. Touch and hold the drop of blood to the top edge of the test strip until the confirmation window is full. The meter will then display your glucose level.
Step 8: Log
Write down the time, date and your level readings into a logbook. By checking and tracking your own glucose level you're on your way to taking control of your health.