This often includes those whose treatment plan has changed, or who are working to meet glycemic goals.*
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Try washing your hands in warm water. Warm water will help increase blood flow for a better fingerstick. You may also massage the finger before the fingerstick.
Hold the blood collector horizontally or at a 45° angle relative to the blood drop. Touch the tip gently to the drop of blood and allow the tube to fill. It will stop automatically when it is filled completely.
Apply pressure to your finger to get more blood. Again, touch the tip gently to the drop of blood and allow the tube to fill. You may have to re-prick your finger to get the necessary blood. If the blood collector does not fill, call Customer Service.
Carefully wipe the tip of the blood collector with a piece of gauze or tissue. If some of the blood comes out while doing this, touch the tip gently to the blood drop to re-fill the blood collector.
Make sure you are inserting the cartridge facing the correct direction. The code should be on top as you insert the cartridge into the analyzer.
Throw away the cartridge if it has been opened for more than 2 minutes. Inaccurate results can be obtained. Use the remaining cartridge in the kit instead.
* = American Diabetes Association Diabetes Care 2018 Jan; 41(Supplement 1): S55-S64. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc18-S006** = Data on file