Diabetologists recommend glucose monitoring at home in order to improve diabetes management. Those who monitor their blood sugar levels regularly at home have been found to have a better quality of life than those who depend on labs to get tested. Glucometers, informally known as sugar check machines, are the most commonly used devices for monitoring blood glucose levels at home. The typical glucometer requires users to place a drop of blood on its “test strip” and place the strip inside the meter. The device then displays the glucose level in the blood as a number on its screen. Although most glucometers are simple to use, users may encounter problems from time to time. Here are the 5 most common issues users face while using glucometers.
- Problems with the test strips are the most common problems when using glucometers. The device will not function correctly if the strip is damaged or used, which is why strips should never be reused. Each test should be done with a new test strip. If the strip is expired, the glucometer will display an error message. All strips are labelled with expiration dates and it is best to check it before using it in the device. Sometimes, the test strip may be incorrectly and/or partially inserted into the meter. This will lead to inaccurate readings. Besides, the glucometer will malfunction if the strip moves after being inserted into the meter. Users must take care to prevent this from happening. Storing the strips above or below the operating range will also cause problems with the readings. Users must follow the manufacturer instructions for the correct storage of glucometer strips.
- Another common issue with glucometers occurs when an insufficient amount of blood is applied to the strip. The only way to rectify this is to repeat the test with a new strip following the instructions for a sufficient amount of blood sample.
- Although it can be instinctual to press the finger if the blood flow is not sufficient, it actually affects the results. Massaging the fingers and hands before pricking the site can help the natural blood flow.
- An unclean and contaminated sample site will create issues in glucometer readings at home. The place blood is drawn from has to be cleaned with non-alcoholic liquid and completely dry. The presence of either alcohol or moisture will tamper with the readings.
- Incorrect piercing will give false results. Users must maintain a depth of less than 2.2 mm to achieve accurate readings.
While these issues can be avoided, it is best to contact the manufacturer to ensure the proper functioning of the glucometer. In addition, there are a few other factors such as blood counts (haematocrit), vitamin and mineral supplements, altitude, temperature and humidity that can affect the meter’s readings. In case of doubt, opinion and guidance should be taken from a certified medical professional.
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