Difference in gluco checks - page 2

First gluco check was done on left hand index finger, 314. VERY high for resident. After joking with her that I would do a recheck on her right pinkie finger because maybe it would be lower (because the finger is smaller), 145.... Read More

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    "Milking" the finger after the stick can result in interstitial fluid being mixed with blood and causing abnormal glucometer readings as well. Make sure you're getting good circulation prior to a finger stick.

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    I didn't "milk" the finger after. Alcohol was dry. Glucometer is checked q day. They were fingers I normally use.
    I still think there must have been something on her finger. *shrug*
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    As a diabetic I would not use my toes or any one else's for glucose monitoring. Too much risk for circulation problems that may result in foot infection. Home meters allow for palm and forearm use. I have used hospital meter when testing earlobe (both hands and feet were covered in bandages due to body burn). Always retest when not sure of the result and do check the meter for any needed maintenance or uploading.

    PS don't forget to clean meter between patients.
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    Quote from RNewbie
    I dont trust the machines either. I was taught to never use the thumb or pinky because they give abnormally high and low values.
    Sorry, but that's just not true. I'm a type 1 who's used glucose meters since they first became available for home use in the early 1980. One finger is as good as another.

    The FDA requires meters to give results +/- 20%. Some meters are statistically better than others at meeting even that low requirement. In my experience One Touch meters are the most accurate.

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