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Multiple Patient Use Glucose Meters

January 27th, 2014

by John Ngijseh  follow me on twitter here

I am often asked about the best glucometer to use for multiple patients. The answer is often not as straight forward as suggesting one glucometer. In fact, testing blood glucose on multiple patients requires a number of items which all come together to ensure testing is safe for the patient and accurate. For an example see, multiple patient use glucometer pack.

One of the key considerations to allow multiple patient testing is not so much the glucometer but the actual lancing device used. It is the process of taking a blood sample which is one of the big risk areas with regard to blood infections.  For this reason I would recommend using a single use lancing device with a lancet contained within. A good example of such a device would be the Unistik 3 Comfort lancets. These lancets are designed so that they can act as a single use lancing device and then can be disposed off. Unlike traditional lancing devices, you do not use the same lancing device for each patient, instead each lancet is a lancing device and so each patient is treated with a new lancet and lancing device system; thereby preventing any risk to the patient of contact with another patient’s blood sample.

In terms of glucose meters, a quick result, a good memory and a large display are all desirable features. 

Used test strips should be handled with care and should be disposed off in clinical waste or in a sharps bin with the lancing devices.

When possible the test strips should kept in their container with the lid closed. Prolonged exposure to the outside environment may effect the effectiveness of the strips.

So to recap, the key to multiple patient testing is new fresh lancing devices, use a meter with a good sized screen and ideally with no coding requirements for the test strips and keep test strips in their container for as long as possible. All waste should be disposed off with care.



Tips to Make Diabetes Testing Less Painful

January 12th, 2014

by John Ngijseh  follow me on twitter here

Did you know there are 9 simple steps that you can take to make testing your blood glucose a lot less painful?

At the moment the only way to accurately check blood glucose is to take a blood sample from the finger (by pricking) and then check the resulting blood for glucose.

Pain is caused by the penetration of the lancet into the skin when pricking. The deeper the lancet has to penetrate the skin, the more painful the testing is but on the otherhand the deeper the lancet penetrates the skin the more blood is produced for testing.

The tips below focus on ways to reduce the pain of testing but still provide sufficient blood for measurement:

1) Wash your hands with soap and warm water – this will help keep the testing site clean and help dilate the blood vessels in the fingers to increase blood flow.

2) Massage your finger downwards to the tip of your finger – this will help push blood towards the tip of your finger so that when it is pricked there is plenty of blood ready to come out.

3) Have your testing hand pointing downwards below your waist – blood will flow more easily when following gravity downwards.

4) Set your lancing device – lancing devices have different settings to pierce the skin at different depths. If you use the tips in this article you should find that you will be able to use a lower setting but still have enough blood for testing. Try changing the settings to find the right level.

5) Select the right meter – different blood glucose meters require different amounts of blood to carry out a blood glucose test. The less blood needed, the less painful testing will be. Choose a blood glucose meter that requires only a small testing sample. The Accu-chek Aviva needs 0.6 microliter of a blood sample, which is a small sample.

6) Alternate your fingers – don’t use the same finger over and over again. You have 8 fingers, distribute the testing evenly. You’ll find your fingers will recover much faster and blood flow will be better.

7) Moisturise your fingers – harden skin through regular testing can reduce blood flow out when pricked. Help your skin repair and your fingers recover. Regularly moisturise your fingers.

8) Prick the tip of your fingers – better blood flow at the tip of your finger so best place to test but make sure you use the skin on the side of the finger next to the nail. This area has less nerves and so less painful!

9) Use a new lancet each time! – a lancet is designed only to be used once. Once used it becomes blunt and if re-used it can be very painful.

These tips should help make testing a lot less painful. If you know others who could be helped by these tips then send them a link to this page.


John Ngijseh is a qualified pharmacist with a special interest in diabetes. He has worked on a number of projects with diabetics and has been writing articles on the subject for many years.  

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