What is a Glucometer Monitor?
A glucose meter is a medical device for self monitoring the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood. During this process, blood is applied to a glucometer strip of paper that reveals individual patterns to the amount of sugar in the blood.
This ultimately helps patients plan meals and activities, as well as the timing of medications.
Glucometer machine helps to test both high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
How to use a Glucometer?
No matter if you test several times a day or only once, you will find accurate results and a better screening of your glucose level after a routine test. Now you can choose to follow a set of steps which may include the following:-
- Wash your hands with hot water and dry them thoroughly with a towel. If an alcohol swab is used, make sure that the area gets dry before you test.
- By inserting a needle, set up a clean glucometer lancet device. It's a gadget stacked with the needle that picks your finger's end.
- Take one test out of your strip box. Remember to close the bottle or box completely to avoid contamination of the sugar strips with dampness or dirt.
- You have the strip in the meter before collecting blood in each modern meter, so that when it is in the glucose meter, you can put the blood samples on the strip. With a few more seasoned meters, you first put the blood on the strip and then insert the strip in the meter.
- Pinch your fingertip gently using your Glucometer. Some glucometers allow testing from different locations in your body, such as your arm. Read the manual for your sugar test machine to make sure you draw blood from the right place.
- Wipe the first drop of blood and then collect a drop of blood on the sugar test strip to make sure you have enough to get a reading. Be careful to let your blood, not your skin, come in contact with the stripe. Your system's food or medication residues may affect the test results.
- Stop the bleeding by using a cotton ball or gauze pad. Press until bleeding stops.