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How to Take Blood Glucose Levels
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Checking Blood Glucose Levels
Overview
Testing your blood glucose levels is very important if you are a diabetic. Depending on what
type of diabetes you have and what the provider recommends will determine how often you need
to check your blood glucose levels. Learning how to check your blood glucose levels will give
you a better understanding on how to manage diabetes. Through out this process you will learn
what equipment is needed, how to perform the test, and what the test reading means.
Note: Checking your blood glucose levels does require you to stick your finger to
produce blood. This may make some individuals queasy and lightheaded. To ensure your
safety, perform this test sitting down.
Instructions
Step 1: Gather the tools and supplies needed to check your blood sugar levels.
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Supplies needed: blood glucose meter, glucose testing strips, a lancing device, alcohol
pads, and a cotton ball or gauze pad.
Step 2: Perform hand hygiene
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Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. After washing your hands
dry them off completely with a clean towel.
Instead of counting to 20, you can also sing “happy birthday” or the “ABCs”. These are
both around 20 seconds long and will ensure that your hands are nice and clean.
This step is very important as it will prevent infection and ensure accuracy of the test.
Step 3: Open the test strip package and insert the test strip into the top opening of the blood
glucose meter.
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The blood glucose meter should let you know that the test strip has been inserted
correctly. The meter may show an image of a blood drop to let you know it is ready to
operate.
See image below on where to insert the test strip.
How to Take Blood Glucose Levels
Step 4: Open the alcohol pad packet and begin cleansing one fingertip of your choice.
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Using the alcohol pad clean the fingertip that you have chosen. Clean this area for 20
seconds and then set the alcohol pad aside. This can be thrown away after the test is
complete.
Step 5: Grab the lancing device and puncture the skin of the fingertip you have just cleaned.
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Twist off the top of the lancing device so that the needle is exposed. Take a deep breath
and puncture the side of your fingertip.
You will know if your puncture was successful if a drop of blood starts to form on the
surface of the skin.
Tip: Puncturing the finger tip on the side of the finger is proven to be less painful than
puncturing the top of the fingertip.
Step 6: Grab the blood glucose meter and touch the end of the test strip to the blood drop.
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The test strip will absorb the blood drop and begin analyzing the results.
If there is not enough blood for the reading, gently massage the area around the fingertip
to encourage blood flow.
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Step 7: Clean the puncture site and apply a cotton ball or gauze pad if needed.
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Cleaning the puncture site before and after will help ensure that no pathogens or germs
are being spread. This will also lower the risk for infection.
Clean the puncture site for 20 seconds with the alcohol pad.
If the fingertip is still bleeding after cleaning it, apply a cotton ball or gauze pad to the
site. Use pressure when applying the cotton ball or gauze pad as pressure helps stop the
bleeding.
Step 8: Wait for a reading.
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Depending on the device you have, the reading should appear in 4 seconds to 1 minute.
It is important to keep track of what time the blood glucose was taken and what the
results were. This can be tracked in a designated journal, an app, or in the glucose meter
itself. Some glucose meters have a built-in memory and some do not so this will depend
on what device you are using.
Keeping track of your blood glucose levels will help you better manage your diabetes.
The physician may even ask to see your log of levels at your next visit. So it is important
to always bring the log with you to doctors appointments.
Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Fasting blood sugar levels should be between 80 mg/dL to 130 mg/dL for people with diabetes.
Postprandial blood sugar levels are taken two hours after a meal and should be less than 180
mg/dL.
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