Tips for Ensuring Testing Accuracy
A variety of things can affect the accuracy of your blood test, such as blood coming in contact with unsterilized skin (certain things on your hands can contaminate a test, such as MCT oil or exogenous ketones) and blood that's been exposed to air for too long.
Also, it isn't unusual for the tests to vary a little. For example, if one test reading is 1.0 and the next is 1.2, it appears there's a variance 20%, but it may actually be far less. There's an expected small variance with all testing meters on the market; Keto-Mojo is proven to have the least variance. Still, that 1.0 can actually be anywhere between 0.9 to 1.1, and the 1.2 can be roughly 1.3 or 1.0. Also, keep in mind that when meters are tested for accuracy they are tested 100 times. The accepted tolerance is determined from 100 tests, not 2, 3 or even 10. So if you are testing a number of times in a row, it isn't unusual to have a reading that is off when compared to the others.
Here are some simple best practices to help ensure accurate test results when you test with a Keto-Mojo meter:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before each test, then use an alcohol wipe to sterilize the area where you'll draw blood.
- Once the alcohol is dry, wipe away the first drop of blood (not with the alcohol; use a fresh tissue or sterile swab., then test with the second drop. The first drop will likely be diluted with the alcohol, even if it's dry.
- If you're doing multiple tests on one drop, work quickly, since once blood starts to coagulate, readings can shift.