Monitoring Your Blood Sugar – Patient Education Medical PreOp®

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar – Patient Education Medical PreOp®

August 19, 2019 0 By Jose Scott


Monitoring and tightly controlling your blood
sugar level can significantly reduce the risk of complications
due to diabetes and provide you with a higher quality of life. Knowledge of your blood sugar levels at different
times of the day is an essential input into your diabetes care plan and allows you and
your medical team to work out and modify your plan for medication, diet and exercise. The heart of the system to monitor your blood
sugar is the blood glucose meter and the automatic lancing device used to obtain your blood sample. There are many types of glucose meters with
varying degrees of sophistication and abilities to store test results. Your doctor or nurse
will recommend the type best for you. You will need to be familiar with the manufacturer’s
instructions for each unit. This program will provide you with general guidelines that apply
to all units. The equipment you will need to assemble includes: the glucose testing meter,
a packet of test strips, an automatic lancing device,
and facial tissue. The meter will have a display with blood sugar
readings are shown, an on/off power button and a slot into which the Test Strips are
inserted. In the back of the meter will be a compartment for batteries. The Automatic Lancing Device has three components:
the body with a release button, lancet holder and cocking device, the removable end cap
and a separate short lancet. The first step is to code the meter to match
or calibrate the meter to the reactivity of the Test Strip. This is done by following the manufacturer’s
instructions and matching a number on the meter’s display to a number on the Code Strip
or on the test strip package. Coding is done:
whenever a new package of Test Strips is opened and daily to ensure the meter is coded correctly. In addition, a control test can be run:
if you need to check that the whole system of the meter and the test strip is working
correctly and to practice your good meter techniques. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which
usually involves testing a control solution of sugar that is provided with the meter. Wash your hands vigorously with soap and warm
water. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Remove the Test Strip from its individual
package. With the meter off, insert the correct end
of the test strip into the test slot of the meter, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
This usually turns the meter on. Remove the end-cap from the lancing device. Insert a short lancet into the lancet holder
according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Twist off the protective cap and save it for
the disposal of the used lancet. Replace the end-cap. The depth of the puncture
depends on the end-cap used. Re-cock the lancing device. Choose your puncture site. The sides of the
end segment of the finger are the best sites. Stroke down the finger to push blood toward
the puncture site. Place the end-cap firmly against the chosen
puncture site on the side of the fingertip. The more pressure you use, the deeper the
puncture. Push the lancet release button without moving your finger or the device. After the puncture, remove the lancing device.
If a drop of blood does not form on its own, stroke down the finger toward the puncture
site without going as far as the site itself. Hold the tip of the test strip in the drop
of blood until the meter tells you the test strip is filled, usually by beeping. Remove
the test strip from the blood. Put the device and the strip aside until the reading is complete. Wipe the puncture site with a clean, dry facial
tissue and use the tissue to hold pressure on the puncture site until the bleeding stops. Remove the end-cap from the lancing device
and remove the used lancet. Replace the used lancet back into the protective
cap by pushing it into the open end of the cap which is placed on a firm, flat surface
like a counter top. Once the blood sugar reading on the meter
is complete, use the tissue to grasp the test strip and pull it out of the meter. This usually
turns the meter off. Discard the lancet in its protective cover
and the used strip into a glass or puncture-proof container with a screw top or a “Sharps” Container
purchased from your local pharmacy. Replace the cap on the container. When the container
is full, cap it and discard it into the trash. Clean the lancing device weekly according
to the manufacturer’s instructions. Only use a lancet once.
Do not use the same end-cap on another person. Teach another person to use the whole system
so that you have a backup when you need assistance.