Published on March 11, 2008
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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