The instructions for testing are slightly different for
each model of home blood glucose meter. For accurate results, follow the
instructions for your meter carefully. When testing blood sugar using a home
blood glucose meter:
Wash your hands with warm soapy water. Dry them
well with a clean towel.
Insert a clean needle (lancet) into the lancet device. The
lancet device is a pen-sized holder for the lancet. It holds, positions, and
controls how deeply the lancet goes into the skin.
Remove a test
strip from the bottle of testing strips. Replace the lid immediately after
removing the strip to prevent moisture from affecting the other strips. Testing
strips are sometimes stored inside the meter.
Prepare the blood
sugar meter (glucose meter). Follow the instructions included with your
Use the lancet device to stick the side of your fingertip
with the lancet. Do not stick the tip of your finger; the stick will be more
painful and you may not get enough blood to do the test accurately. Some blood sugar meters use lancet devices that can obtain a blood sample from sites
other than the fingers, such as the palm of the hand or the
forearm. But the finger is usually the most accurate place to test blood sugar.
Put a drop of blood on the correct spot of the test strip.
Using a clean cotton ball, apply pressure where you stuck your
finger (or other site) to stop the bleeding.
Follow the directions
with your blood sugar meter to get the results. Some meters take only a few
seconds to give the results.
You can write down the results and the
time that you tested your blood. But most meters will store results for many
days or weeks, so you can always go back later and retrieve them. You and your
doctor will use this record to see how often your blood sugar levels have been
within the recommended range. Your doctor also will use the results to decide
if a change in medicine (insulin or pills) for diabetes is needed.
Safely dispose of your lancets after using them. Do not
throw them into the household trash. A used lancet might accidentally stick
someone. Place used lancets into a plastic container, such as an empty
detergent bottle. Seal the container when it is about three-quarters full.
Check with your local trash disposal agency about the proper disposal of
lancets. Some agencies have specific instructions for the disposal of medical
waste. Sometimes your doctor's office will dispose of them for