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Performing fingerstick for blood glucose monitoring.

Performing fingerstick for blood glucose monitoring.

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  • 1. Performing a Fingerstick to obtain a Blood Glucose level
  • 2. Obtain equipment, including gloves, alcohol prep, lancet, test strips, and glucometer. Prepare the glucometer to receive a test strip per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • 3. Prepare your test strip as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Prepare the lancet.
  • 6. Prick the chosen finger in the area prepared with alcohol.
  • 7. If there is inadequate blood, you may need to “milk” the finger to obtain more.
  • 8. When there is an adequate amount of blood...
  • 9. ...absorb the blood with the test strip. (This occurs from capillary action.)
  • 10. 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.)
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Dispose of the lancet in a designated sharps container.
  • 13. Chart the blood glucose level!
  • 14. 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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