It is very important for a diabetic patient to keep a check of the blood sugar level in his body on a regular basis. However, it is not possible to visit your family physician every day or go to a testing centre to get the blood sugar level checked.
This is where the glucose monitoring machine comes in extremely handy as it is a convenient and easy-to-use machine which checks your sugar level within seconds and displays the result immediately in the comfort of your home.
There are certain steps that must be followed when you use such a machine so that you get a correct reading each time.
Ideas For Using Diabetes Test Strip
Wash your Hands
The first step towards using a diabetic test strip is to wash your hands along with the test site that you have chosen to draw blood from, properly. This will help to rule out any chances of getting an infection at the test site.
Gather the Supplies
The supplies means the cotton ball, alcohol, glucose monitoring machine, the piercer and the test strips which should all be placed in front of you before you start the testing so that you don’t need to look for something in the middle of the testing.
Turning the Machine On
The on/off switches are generally the same in such machines and you should press it to turn on the machine. After pressing the switch, the machine beeps in 3 to 4 seconds to tell you that it is ready to take on the reading.
Inserting the Strip
The diabetic strip has one side marked with an arrow that tells you which side should be inserted into the machine. Insert the strip into the machine’s testing slot and wait for the machine to give the signal that it is has engaged with the strip and is ready to work.
If the strip is inserted before the beep is heard, you may get an incorrect reading. Also, the strip should not be inserted too late after the beep is heard as the machine may not read the strip at all after a specific time period.
Piercing your Finger
The chosen site should be cleaned with a cotton-ball soaked in alcohol after which the alcohol should be allowed to evaporate.
The test site should be pierced with the piercer and the surrounding area should be pressed a little so that a drop of blood oozes out of the skin. Drop the blood on the centre of the strip or press the droplet onto the strip directly. Ensure that you do not drop extra amounts of blood on the strip.
Taking the Reading
After you have dropped the blood on the strip, wait for the machine to do its job. In most machines, a beep or any other sound is heard as soon as the blood sugar level is displayed on the screen of the machine.
Remove the strip and throw it away. It is advisable to record your results everyday so that you keep a check of your sugar level and take medicines accordingly. Nowadays, many machines come with an in-built memory which records each reading along with the date and time.