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Procedure for performing a fingerstick for blood glucose.

Procedure for performing a fingerstick for blood glucose.

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  • Performing a Fingerstick to obtain a Blood Glucose level
  • Obtain equipment, including gloves, alcohol prep, lancet, test strips, and glucometer. Prepare the glucometer to receive a test strip per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Prepare your test strip as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Select a portion of one finger that will cause least discomfort (usually on the side, not the tip or pad) and clean the area with alcohol.
  • Prepare the lancet.
  • Prick the chosen finger in the area prepared with alcohol.
  • If there is inadequate blood, you may need to “milk” the finger to obtain more.
  • When there is an adequate amount of blood...
  • ...absorb the blood with the test strip. (This occurs from capillary action.)‏
  • Ensure that there is adequate blood on the test strip per the manufacturer's instructors. (If you have a cotton swab, you should give this to the patient to hold over the prick location.)‏
  • Place the test strip in the glucometer. Depending on the type of glucometer you have, you may have to wait for some time for a result.
  • Dispose of the lancet in a designated sharps container.
  • Chart the blood glucose level!
  • Return the glucometer to its charger/docking station, and ensure there are adequate supplies for the next person who needs to use the glucometer.
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