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
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.
Blood Sugar Monitor: Types, Tips & Tricks
Blood Sugar Monitoring: When to Check and Why
Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips
Fingerstick Glucose Testing: Do Alcohol Wipes Interfere w/ Results?
How to Check Your Blood Sugar
How to use a blood glucose meter
Introducing the FreeStyle Libre System
Some Helpful Hints When Monitoring Blood Sugar
For starters, wash your hands before you test, experts say
Ten Tips To Help Reduce the Pain of Finger Pricks
Testing blood sugar: First or second drop?
The Effect of an Instant Hand Sanitizer on Blood Glucose Monitoring Results
- Glucose Meters, Test Strips, & Monitoring Systems
- How to Use Your Blood Glucose Meter
- Ketone Monitoring
- Lancing Devices & Lancets