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Old 02-29-2012, 20:24   #1
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Default Meter Testing newbie question

Using a Accu-Chek Mobile meter

I was 4.9 before this test which which is a test before ai was about to have a meal.

I washed my hands dried them tested and it showed 6.2 so i thought hmm tested again 5.1 so obviously had to test again and it was 5.4

Now i have noticed that when i sometimes feel like i haven't got enough blood out of the finger it tests high i have noticed this quite a bit and when i get a better drop of blood it test truer, do others find this also especially the not enough blood being high testing high?

Sometimes when i prick the finger its not like deep enough so i get less out and know most times that if i use it the test might be off which most times it comes up high unless this is a coincidence?

Also is it a bad idea to sort of push the blood out like put a bit of pressure next to the prick does that maybe do harm to the blood like put stress on it or something.

As sometimes it takes a while to come out and i just put some pressure on so it does, just thinking maybe this is not the right way of doing it?

Since im asking one more thing does the blood need to be tested straight away or does it matter if its like 20-30 seconds later?

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-29-2012, 22:51   #2
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All meters are allowed to be 10%-20% off. So any reading you get is never exact. I use a Bayer Contour USB meter and it beeps when you can take the strip away from the blood drop. Usually if there is not enough blood you will get an error message on your meter and then you need to insert another strip. Every meter requires different amounts of blood. Mine requires very little, but my old One Touch required a huge drop and I was always getting error messages. Before I prick my finger I usually massage the finger a little and then prick it. If I don't get a good blood drop I do put a little pressure under the area I pricked. Some argue that milking a blood drop gives you an erroneous reading but sometimes you just cant squeeze enough blood out.

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