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- 10-second test time and 1.5 microliters blood sample size
- End-fill or top-fill with visual confirmation
- Foil-wrapped test strips designed to prevent contamination errors due to exposure to air, moisture, or contamination
Application:Blood Ketone Test Strips
Brand or Series:Precision Xtra
Quantity Per Sell:10
What is a glucose meter?
Glucometers, also referred to as blood sugar monitors, glucose meters, and blood glucose meters, are measurement systems used by diabetics to self-measure the level of glucose or sugar in their bloodstream.
How accurate are home glucose meters?
Home glucometers are usually very accurate, although results generally differ from lab results.
To ensure that your glucose meter is giving you accurate readings, consider the following important factors which directly affect the accuracy of results:
Use blood glucose testing best practices.
- Thoroughly wash and dry your hands and the testing site prior to testing. This is crucial as dirt, alcohol and other substances present on skin can lead to incorrect results.
- Use fingertip samples. While some diabetics prefer testing their forearm, calf, thigh, or upper arm to reduce pain, these sites are only recommended when the blood sugar level is stable. The fingertip, on the other hand, is quick, easy and the most accurate testing site.
- Produce sufficient amount of blood. Try to apply a generously-sized blood globule to the test strip.
- Do not add additional samples once you’ve touched the glucose test strip with blood to avoid affecting the results.
- Test properly. If you do not insert the test strip fully into the glucose meter, your monitor can’t do its work properly, so make sure you’re doing it right the first time.
Take good care of your blood glucose monitoring supplies.
- Avoid extreme temperatures. For best results, store your blood sugar monitor at room temperature. The same rule applies to your test strips.
- Replace batteries regularly. Defective or dying batteries are a common cause of inaccurate glucose measurement readings. Replace monitor batteries as necessary to prevent this issue.
- Protect your test strips from damage. Store diabetic test strips in the original, sealed container and avoid exposure to humidity, moisture, and heat.
- Use the right test strips. Only use the strips intended for the monitor you use. If you are having a hard time finding compatible strips or find the current brand you are using too expensive, you may want to consider switching to another monitor.
- Always dispose of expired or used test strips. Glucose test strips are intended for single use and have an expiration date. Never use damaged or outdated test strips.
Other things to consider:
- Ensure that the coding is correct. Depending on the specific meter you are using, you may be required to have the code number on the device match to the code number on the test strip container. If these numbers do not match, you will not get proper readings.
- Are you dehydrated? If you are, or you are suffering from anemia (low red blood cell count), test results will be somewhat incorrect.