Here’s some hints on making glucose testing easier:
Wash hands with very warm water and rinse completely and dry.
Don’t use alcohol, it just dries you skin out.
Shake the hands a bit to bring the blood flow down.
Only use the side of the fingers, never the tip, to test with. Start with the lowest lancet setting and adjust higher until you find the right depth for you.
You can squeeze very gently, but not too hard because it can contaminate the blood and invalidate the reading. It is important not to squeeze too hard when collecting a capillary blood sample. Squeeze quite firmly, but never with enough force that it hurts! Excessive squeezing will cause haemolysis of the sample, i.e., the rupture of red blood cells, thus releasing their content into the plasma. Tissue fluid may also contaminate the blood sample if you squeeze too hard.
If you have trouble with not enough blood for the sample wrap a rubber band around the first joint which will pool the blood at the tip and make it easier. Don’t forget to remove it after the test.
Blot when done, it should stop bleeding in a very short time.
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