Monitoring blood glucose - Series
Monitor blood glucose - Series
Monitoring blood glucose: Using a self-test meter
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.
Insert a test strip
Insert a new test strip into the meter.
Prick your finger
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.
Calculate glucose level
Touch the test strip to the drop of blood. The blood is automatically pulled into the test strip. The meter then calculates your blood glucose level.
Record your reading
In your logbook, record the time of day and the blood sugar reading that shows on the glucometer. Some meters keep a log automatically.
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