It is important for people to check their blood glucose level once in a while to see if they are diabetic or within the normal range. Especially for diabetic patients, it is extremely important for them to always monitor their blood sugar level. You may consider this a precautionary measure for yourself so that your blood sugar will not increase up to dangerous levels. Of course, in order for this to work, you have to ensure that your glucose meter is properly calibrated. Otherwise, what is the point of checking? You will not get the correct results anyway. So for diabetics out there who own one, here are the correct ways to calibrate it before you can start using it for your test.
5 Must-Follow Step To Calibrate Your Blood Glucose Meter Correctly
- Firstly, you have to check the code on the test strip vial. This can usually be found in bold print.
- Next, turn the meter on. Most units automatically do this once that you place the test strip inside. The test port can usually be found either on the top of the meter or at the bottom area.
- You can tell that the meter is not properly calibrated if the code that appears on the test strip vial does not match the one on the meter. If the meter is brand new and has never been used before, it is highly possible that it does not have a code at all. A flashing blank space will be displayed instead.
- The calibration process starts the moment when you set the code into the meter itself. How do you do that? It depends on the unit that you have. There are some meters that come with up and down arrows while some have only one button. Just continue pressing the button until you see the code that matches the vial.
- The last step is for you to test if it works by taking a blood sample. Once the test is complete and the display on the blood glucose meter is correct, you will be sure that it is properly calibrated. The easiest way to determine if your readings are accurate is by bringing it to your health care providers and check against the readings taken using their glucose meters.
Here are some important points to remember before you calibrate blood glucose meter. First, always make sure that the codes match (the code on test strip vial and the one on the meter). Second, use it until you are very familiar with it. Remember, each unit is different depending on the brand and make. Third, the code numbers should match at all time. Fourth, never use outdated strips and never bend them too.
For your benefit, you may like to read about the 8 common mistakes that affect the accuracy of blood glucose test reading.