Tips for Getting Better Blood Flow when Using a Lancet
When pricking your finger with a lancet, following are a few easy things you can do to ensure you draw enough blood. Everyone is different and testing is a skill. Finding your best testing sweet spots may take some trial and error.
1. Warm your hands. Testing when your hands are cold can result in lesser blood flow. To heat up your fingers, sit on them briefly, rub them together, or give them a good scrub using warm water and soap.
2. Test on the side of your finger. You'll get better blood flow than if you prick it in the middle.
3. After puncturing your finger, put the lancing device aside and wait for a blood drop to form. Do not squeeze the finger; lowering your hand to hip height and massaging the finger softly may improve the blood flow. If you still have too little blood, gently squeeze your hand, starting at the part closest to your palm and working your way down your finger until you have enough.
4. Switch fingers regularly when testing. Using the same spot on the same finger can lead to calluses. Testing is a skill. Finding your best testing sweet spots may take some trial and error.