This section is quite long, so just read what seems most applicable to you. I would recommend starting with the video, “How to use a blood glucose meter.”

An Important Step for Accurate Glucose Readings
Failure to take the simple action of washing your hands with water before pricking your finger could result in falsely elevated readings
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/an-important-step-for-accurate-glucose-readings/

Blood glucose monitoring: Milking the finger and using the first drop of blood give correct glucose values
People with diabetes on insulin therapy are often advised to discard the first drop of blood and to refrain from milking the finger when monitoring blood glucose. The first drop is thought to be diluted with tissue fluid with a suspected low glucose content. Milking might enhance the leakage of tissue fluid. However, in normal skin interstitial fluid is mostly bound and only traces can be squeezed out. Furthermore, in the highly perfused skin of the fingertip the glucose content in blood and interstitial fluid should be almost the same.
https://www.diabetesresearchclinicalpractice.com/article/S0168-8227(09)00189-2/abstract

Blood Sugar Monitor: Types, Tips & Tricks
https://diabetesmealplans.com/11260/blood-sugar-monitor/

Blood Sugar Monitoring: When to Check and Why
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/blood-glucose-management/blood-glucose-monitoring-when-to-check-and-why/

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips
https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-diabetes-test-strips/

Fingerstick Glucose Testing: Do Alcohol Wipes Interfere w/ Results?
https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/fingerstick-glucose-testing-220967.html

How to Check Your Blood Sugar
https://www.diabetesdaily.com/learn-about-diabetes/understanding-blood-sugars/how-to-check-your-blood-sugar/

How to use a blood glucose meter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B2-DwkFuzA

Introducing the FreeStyle Libre System
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFhfOndH19E&feature=youtu.be
FreeStyle Libre
https://www.freestylelibre.us/

Some Helpful Hints When Monitoring Blood Sugar
For starters, wash your hands before you test, experts say
https://consumer.healthday.com/diabetes-information-10/misc-diabetes-news-181/some-helpful-hints-when-monitoring-blood-sugar-680609.html

Ten Tips To Help Reduce the Pain of Finger Pricks
https://type2diabetes.com/living/ten-tips-help-reduce-pain-finger-pricks/

Testing blood sugar: First or second drop?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/es-es/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/blood-sugar/art-20046628

The Effect of an Instant Hand Sanitizer on Blood Glucose Monitoring Results
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3262711/


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