Tips for testing and better blood flow

Updated 1 month ago by Michelle Pool

  1. When you prep your lancet device, adjust the depth selector.Have your meter ready to test, check your setting of the depth selector; there are six settings for adjusting the depth of the lancet device to accommodate everything from soft or thin skin too thick or calloused skin. With experience, you'll find the optimal depth for your skin. Before testing, make sure your lancet device is set to your optimal setting.  If you find that the lancet is painful for you, it’s possible that your lancet is set to hit too deep. Adjust the lancet depth.
  2. Test on the Side of Your Finger- for better blood flow
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Quickly prick your with the lancet device, then wait 4 seconds. 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.
  6. Switch Fingers Regularly- using the same finger and the same spot on that finger can lead to calluses.
  7. Place a fresh unused strip in the meter and wait while it checks (CH).When it's ready, the droplet icon flashes.
  8. With the strip still in the meter, bring the droplet on your finger to the tip of the strip: on contact, it will sip the blood into the strip via capillary action.
  9. Let the meter countdown and give you your result. 

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

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