Tips for testing and better blood flow

Updated 1 month ago by Michelle Pool

  1. Test on the Side of Your Finger- for better blood flow
  2. Warm Up Your Hands- Testing when your hands are cold can be more painful than when they're warmer. To heat up your fingers, just sit on them briefly, rub them together, or give them a good scrub using warm water and soap. Grip the finger you are going to test with your index finger and thumb of your other hand and squeeze for about 12 seconds before using the lancet. This increases hydrostatic pressure.
  3. After puncturing, put the lancing device aside and wait for a blood drop to form. Do not squeeze the finger, but lowering your hand to hip height and massaging the finger softly may improve the blood flow. If you still have too little blood, you can gently squeeze your hand. Start at the part closest to your palm, and work your way down your finger until you have enough.
  4. Switch Fingers Regularly- using the same finger and the same spot on that finger can lead to calluses.

Testing is a skill. Finding your best testing Sweet spots may take some trial and error. 

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