Blood Glucose test strips are used in conjunction with blood glucose meters to determine a person's blood glucose level. A drop of blood is placed on the test strip that contains chemicals that interact with it. A glucose meter then takes the reading from the strip.
Diabetes is a disease for which there is no cure, but it can be treated. People with diabetes need to constantly monitor their glucose levels, and the most common way to do this is by using the monitor and disposable test strips. If a person who suffers from diabetes loses insurance benefits, the cost of buying the test strips in conjunction with insulin shots can become a financial burden. The monitoring and treatment of diabetes is something that people who suffer from it can’t go without.
1. When using a blood glucose test strip, it’s important to know how much blood is needed to get an accurate reading for that particular strip. Too little blood might not be enough to register on the monitor, and too much blood can give an inaccurate reading. This will cause you to throw the test strip away and redo the test with another strip, and the strips cost money.
2. Extreme temperatures can affect the reading of the meter. Keep the meter stored in a cool (but not cold) dry place, like inside a dresser drawer. It is best to do the test indoors at normal room temperatures. If you get a temperature error reading on your meter, take it indoors and try again. If you are still getting the error message after this, consult the owners guide.
3. Contaminated hands can cause an unusually high reading. Traces of food and even lotions or hand sanitizer will abnormally skew the reading. Before testing, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and then dry them. Water can also throw off a reading.Follow these steps and you will have accurate readings, and you will use less test strips.