How to Use a Blood Glucose Monitor

Diabetic people constantly need to keep a check on their blood glucose level. A glucose monitor is an essential device for diabetic people, it can be used at home to measure blood glucose level on a regular basis.

Following a proper routine and some basic steps will help you more efficiently record your sugar level over the period of time. Here are a few tips that you should follow while using a glucose monitor at home:

  1. Test the glucose monitor to make sure that it gives a correct reading.
  2. Wash your hands properly, preferably with warm water. Let your hands dry completely before testing.
  3. Prepare a lancet device. The lancet device must also be clean.
  4. Take a test strip for your test strip box. The strip box should be closed properly after taking out a test strip to avoid any possible contamination.
  5. The new designs of glucose monitors require the user to insert the test strip into the meter. Therefore, the blood is collected while the strip is still inside.
  6. Swab the area (fingertip/arm) you are going to draw blood from.
  7. Prick your fingertip/arm with the lancet (always carefully read the manual before using a lancet). Make sure that there is enough blood for obtaining a reading.
  8. Put the blood drop on the test strip attached to the glucose monitor.
  9. As soon as the test strip gets the blood drop, a countdown would be started on the glucose monitor. You will get the results within 5-30 seconds depending upon the efficiency of your monitor.