What Things Do I Need to Test My Blood Glucose? Part 2
The information provided is intended for Australian audiences only and is general in nature It does not replace advice given to you by your health care professional Please read this disclaimer and the following terms and conditions carefully before proceeding. Hi, I’m Peter Lwin Welcome to Blood Sugar Magic. In today’s episode, I’ll talk about blood glucose testing. Here are the things that you’ll require. A lancing device will prick or lance your skin, normally the skin on your fingers, to obtain a blood sample and most lancing devices are very simple to use. In today’s demonstration I’ll use the True Draw which is the lancing device that comes with Nippro’s True Balance balanced blood glucose meter. If you’re using another lancing device It doesn’t really matter because they’re all very similar in the way they work. There are usually two parts which you separate to insert or remove the lancet inside. There’s a dial with numbers which allows you to set the depth that you want to lance So the higher the number the deeper the penetration Here’s the cocking handle Which sets the lancet inside in the position, and there’s a trigger button which pushes the lancet into your skin. It is recommended that you avoid squeezing the lancing site too hard to obtain a blood sample, as this may affect your results. if you’re having difficulty obtaining a blood sample then you can try placing your hands by your side for about a minute for testing or massaging your finger from the palm to the fingertip several times before testing. Both techniques will improve the blood circulation to the fingertips making lancing easier and less painful. For other tips look at our advice on blood glucose testing technique Lancing devices are designed for single person use only. Blood-borne diseases can be transmitted by sharing lancing devices so do not share your lancing device with another person. the lancets contain a very small needle. It fits into the lancing device and pricks your skin. Now remember to check the expiry date of the lancets and if they are out of date, discard them. It is recommended that the new lancet is used every time your lance as this keeps the tip of the needle sharp. now every time you reuse a lancet the tip becomes more blunt and penetration into the skin becomes more difficult and more painful. If you’re trying to save money and you are going to reuse a lancet, try to limit number of times to four. Also avoid cleaning the tip of the lancet with alcohol. Alcohol will remove the special coating which helps the lancet penetrating the skin more easily. So without this coating penetration into the skin becomes more difficult and more painful. For more advice like this, look at our episode on reducing lancing pain. Test strips collect your blood sample and present it to your meter to measure. Now only use the brand of test strips that’s approved with your meter and make sure that they’re in date. If you’ve got any expired test [strips] that not use these because if they may not work properly and they may give you an inaccurate reading. These need to be thrown away. Be aware that some brands of test strips have an expiry from the date of opening. So the True Track, the True Balance and the True Result from the Nippro range have an expiry of 120 days from opening and the CareSens N has an expiry of six months from the date of opening. Now if you’re using any of these brands, it’s a good idea to write the expiry on the label with a pen on the date of opening. That way, you’ll know when to throw them out. Some of the things that you need to know about test strips are keep them stored in the recommended temperature range away from heat and moisture. So avoid keeping them in your bathroom or above your stove or next to a heater. Always keep them in the original container which is airtight and remove them just before testing and remember to close the lid immediately. This will minimize exposure to the air. If your test strip appears damaged in any way, or there’s a hole in your test strip model then do not use these test strips. They may not work properly and you may get an inaccurate reading.