Set up the meter according to the specific directions that come with your meter. Get the supplies ready, including a new test strip and disposable lancet. Place the lancet into the lancing device.
Wash your hands. Then, gently prick the side (the less sensitive part) of your finger with the lancet to draw out a drop of blood.
Touch the blood from your finger to the test strip.
Insert the strip into the meter. The meter will analyze your blood sugar in a few seconds.
In your logbook, record the time of day and the blood sugar reading that shows on the glucometer. Some meters keep a log automatically.
Review Date: 7/8/2012
Reviewed By: Nancy J. Rennert, MD, Chief of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Norwalk Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previoulsy reviewed by Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. (5/13/2010)