Before we load the gun and talk about the right ways or methods on how to use Glucometer to check blood sugar, let us set a context for you first. In this blog, we will be talking about the newer versions of Glucometers, which are sophisticated and portable and require no more than a single drop of blood for administering the results.
Anyone with a Type1 or Type2 diabetes, latent autoimmune disease or gestational diabetes during pregnancy can use a glucometer to monitor their blood sugar and keep it in check. While anyone can use a glucometer to keep monitoring one’s blood sugar, yet it is the aforementioned who should keep one handy all the time. Also, for one’s knowledge improvement, one must learn how to use Glucometer or do a blood sugar test.
Now that your primary context is clear let’s jump in on
Finally, having set the context, we will now touch the topic, which is essentially the reason we wrote this blog. So, let us start with what you would need when you use a glucometer. Well, nothing very fancy, for you will need, a sanitizer/soap and water/spirit to clean up the testing area, a test strip which you will get with the Glucometer, a lancet, a lancing device & a notebook to record results (if unlike i-SENS Cool Glucometer yours cannot record them)
So, before you start, set out the Glucometer, the test strip, lancing device, lancet & alcohol pad. The sugar level test has five different stages:
- Preparing the Lancing Device
- Wash Hands or Sample Site before Sugar Level Test
- Preparing Glucometer and Test Strips
- Blood Sampling and Measurement of Glucose Test
- Disposal of Used Test Strips and Lancet
Let’s check each step in detail:
- Rotate and remove the internal cap of the lancing device that opens up the mounting part for lancet insertion.
- Pick the lancets from the circular tip and insert it into the mounting part and push it all in.
- Carefully Twist the protective circular cover of the lancet tip to make it ready to use. (Do not throw the protective cover away)
- Re-attach the internal cap over the mounting part.
- You’ll be able to update the depth of blood sampling from level 1 to level 5, where level 5 is the deepest penetration.
- Cock the lancing device by holding the adjustable tip in one hand and pulling on the sliding barrel till you feel a click.
- The action makes the release button of the lancing device ready to puncture the test site for blood.
- Now, wash your hands thoroughly, killing any infectious bacterias or viruses. An alcohol swab is for the situations when you cannot wash your hands. If you can, then cleaning is enough.
- Rub your palms against each other to warm-up and make blood flow faster and easier till your fingertips. Also, make sure that your hands are entirely dry, or else the water presence would dilute the sample resulting in lower blood sugar numbers.
- Make sure the Glucometer is turned-off before you prepare to insert the sugar test strip.
- Pick a glucose test strip and insert it with the contact bars facing upwards into the meter’s test strip port gently.
- Please wait for the meter to read the test strip connections and make a sound, then Glucometer will turn on by itself.
- Now, the Glucometer display will show a ready-to-test signal on the screen by explaining the test strip and blood drop symbols, as shown in the picture.
P.S. Do check for the batteries. :-p
- Now that the meter is ready, you need to place the prepared lancing device against the pad of the finger.
- Once you’re ready, press the loaded trigger button to puncture the finger. You’ll feel a minor pain if you’re a beginner.
- Remove the device from finger and wait for a small blood drop of around 0.5 μL (•) to form
- Now that our meter is ready, you can apply the blood sample to the narrow end of the test strip inserted in Glucometer.
- Make sure you keep applying blood sample till you fill the confirmation window completely.
- Count 5-to-1 backwords, i-sens cool Glucometer will calculate the most accurate results in rapid 5-seconds.
- If yours is a smart Glucometer, it will store the results if it doesn’t, then do make a note of your blood sugar count in a logbook.
- It is essential to keep a record of your results because it will help you and your doctor understand the pattern that your blood sugar levels exhibit.
- After the glucose test, clear the blood sample from fingertip with clean cotton.
- Rotate and remove the internal cap of the lancing device that opens up the mounting part where lancet has inserted.
- Get the rounded protective cover you’ve removed before & now insert the lancet from needle end into it.
- Now cock the lancing device again for lancet removal.
- Once the device is cocked, slide the release button to remove the mounted lancet.
- Collect the used lancet and Cool Test Strip and dispose it into the dustbin.
Now that you have got the answer on how to use Glucometer to check blood sugar, let’s get some crucial knowledge on other aspects. The aspects which raise doubts on blood sugar test/glucose test/ sugar level test at home.
Let’s dive in!
Well, the doctors advise you to take the test pre and post-meal and, in some cases, around the time when your sugar levels are unusually high (as per your history). The frequency usually depends on the kind of diabetes that you have.
For Type 1 Diabetes
For type 1 diabetes, you may require to test your glucose levels four to ten times a day before taking your meals, after having your meals, before exercising, after exercising, before going to bed & in some cases at night too. It happens because Type 1 diabetes is a result of the inability of the body to produce inadequate insulin to keep your blood sugar stable.
For Type 2 Diabetes
In case you have Type 2 diabetes, you may have to check your blood sugar levels two to four times in the day. It depends upon whether or not you require an external insulin intake. Generally, the timings prescribed for such a test are before all meals, after a workout and right before bedtime.
What we mentioned though is generic, our advice would be to stick to the test plan which your doctor spells explicitly out for you.
The American Diabetes Association has set the following target range as the ideal blood sugar levels for most non-pregnant adults.
|Preprandial Blood Glucose (Pre-Meal)||80-130 mg/dL|
|Postprandial Blood Glucose (Post Meal)||<180 mg/dL|
A Few Quick Tips for First Time Testers
- Always go through the user manual in detail. While it might seem too long a document but it will ensure that your readings come out accurate
- If you feel that the entire taking the blood out process is painful, try changing the lancet’s thickness
- Always use strips designed for your specific Glucometer. While finding the test strips once the initial ones are over can be tough, at Arcatron, we ensure a continuous supply of the Glucometer test strips at your nearest store.
- Always make sure that your test strips are not expired or else the results will be inaccurate.
- Prevent your Glucometer Test strips from any moisture or extra light, which could damage them and affect test results.
- Clean your device at regular intervals and if you feel like then do quality checks too to ensure accuracy and precision.
- Dispose-off your lancet and test strips well, either in a hard plastic container or after thoroughly packing it. Prevent any container puncture and unnecessary contact with any other human.
We hope that all this information provided here will help to ease out the usage of your Glucometer. If you still need some assistance, remember that we are just a call away! Click to call +91-9309888615