Accucheck procedure - page 3
Do you follow this procedure for your chemsticks? If not, why not? I was taught this way in nursing school but I seem to see few people follow this on the west coast. Advise please? 1. Has the... Read More
Oct 6, '08Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 6,086; Likes: 9,216Follow the directions that came with your glucometer. You can't be cited if you do that.
Oct 7, '08Occupation: Nurse Specialty: 16+ year(s) of experience ; Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 372; Likes: 71I would do what cape cod recommends. I would also follow the rules when being observed. It's always good to practice good habits first, then do what most people do, create their own habits.
I'm not at all surprised that you don't use alcohol wipes, I've seen facilities that only use saline wipes only.
Just remember the chain of infection....portal entry (alteration of skin integ...)
Oct 7, '08Occupation: RN Specialty: med/surg ; Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 1,975; Likes: 313I have yet to find a glucometer manufacturere that DOES recommend alcohol wipes - aside from the "drying out" issue they can interfere with the results because alcohol wipes contain trace sugars, think how alcohol is produced!
I used to work in the UK & all manufacturers stressed the importance of NOT using alcohol wipes there. Now I'm in Canada & the training here also emphasises NOT using alcohol wipes. All you need do is get your patient to wash their hands, if they're able, or assist them to do so if not.