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What is the purpose of glucometers for patients and providers

- Shows how diet, activity, stress, medications affect blood glucose
- Indicates whether or not good glycemic control is being achieved
- People with DM can modify their diet, weight, and activity to improve glycemic control
• Modify the pre-meal dose based on bg value
- Health care providers can use results to modify medication regimen to improve glycemic control


How does a glucometer work

- Blood is applied to glucometer strip
- Glucose reacts with glucose oxidase in the strip
- Chemical rxns = ferrocyanide
- Electrical current is produced
- Current strength is measured by glucometer (current level is directly proportional to glucose level)
- Meter converts current to digital number
- Number is displayed on screen


How accurate must a glucometer be
- results > 75 mg/dL
- results < 75 mg/dL

- >75 mg/dL: 95% of test results must be within +/- 20% actual blood glucose level
- <75 mg/dL: 95% of test results must be within +/- 15 points of actual blood glucose level


What are the steps in taking blood glucose

- Wash hands with warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry
- Prepare lancet: remove cap, insert lancet, replace cap, adjust depth
- Cock the lancing devise and puncture the finger
- Get a round drop of blood
- Apply to strip
• Do not smear or scrape
• Do not reapply blood
• Do not move strip in meter during a test
• Wait for confirmation window to fill completely


How to dispose of strips and lancets

- strips can usually be thrown in trash
- lancets in a needle-safe container
*follow local regulations


When to check blood glucose

- Fasting blood glucose (prior to first calories of the day)
- Before other meals
- Bedtime
- 2 hours after eating
- If don’t feel well


How to properly store glucometer strips

- Don’t store in hot, cold, damp places. Store at room temperature
- Keep strips out of direct sunlight
- Keep strips dry
- Always store in original container
- Replace container cap as soon as remove a strip


Common problems that affect the results of using glucometer strips

- Applying blood incorrectly
- Not applying enough blood
- Testing when temp is too cold
- Dehydration of patient
- Hematocrit too high or too low
- Liquids got into test port
- Excessive handling that covers strip with dirt, lotion, oils from hands
- Store strip outside of original container
- Leaving the top off of a storage container
- Prolonged exposure to humidity, heat, light


How many times can a syringe for insulin be used?

once, use a new syringe every time inject insulin


What are the first things to check when drawing up insulin in a syringe?

- correct type of insulin (many people have both basal and bolus)
- correct size of syringe


Steps to using the syringe

• Wash hands with soap and water
• Clean rubber stopper on insulin vial with alcohol
• Remove orange cap from syringe
• Pull plunger back until lines up with the number of units want to inject
• Push needle through rubbers stopper and push plunger down. Leave needle in vial
• Turn vial and syringe upside down and hold at eye level, pull the plunger down to the unit line slightly past the dose you want to give.
• Check syringe for air bubbles. Small bubbles are not dangerous, just take up space and keep from getting full dose
- If bubbles are present, push plunger all the way back in, pushing insulin back into the vial. Re-pull the plunger back down. May have to repeat a few times.
• Take needle out of vial and inject


four insulin injection sites on teh body

- abdomen
- thigh
- outer upper arm
- hip area


How is CGM used in the monitoring of a person's blood glucose?

- Continuous glucose monitoring
- Glucometer gives you a snapshot of glucose, doesn’t tell you about past or future
- CGM measures glucose levels every 5 minutes, sends data wirelessly to computer
• Know if glucose moving up or down and how fast
- Proven to lower A1C
• Can easily make DM tx decisions bc have more blood glucose information