Proper Testing Technique
A Quick Guide to Proper Diabetic Testing
Alternate site testing diabetic meters allow you to use blood drawn from your palm and forearms as well as fingertips. Use the clear end cap on your lancing device for alternate sites; use the solid end cap for testing on your fingers.
If your blood glucose is low, rapidly changing, or you are receiving mixed results, use fingertip testing methods until your levels return to normal.
- Before testing, be sure to wash your hands and the puncture site with warm soapy water and dry them well before testing.
- Load a new test strip into your meter and load a new lancet into your lancing device. (Always use a new test strip and lancet each time you test, and be sure to check the expiration date on your strips.)
- Rub the puncture site to draw blood to the area.
- Press the diabetic lancing device firmly against the test site and press the button. For alternate site testing, maintain pressure on the site until a small, round blood drop has formed.
- Immediately draw the blood into the diabetic test strip until your meter beeps.
Note: If you are getting inconsistent results or have opened a new vial of test strips, repeat the blood glucose test using control solution instead of blood. Compare the result with the normal control range printed on your vial of test strips.
Make sure to check with your doctor before testing in an alternate site. This information is intended to be a guide to better testing and should not replace any instruction received from your doctor.