● Before testing wash your hands with warm water and soap, and dry them well. Avoid alcohol-based cleansers, as they can dry your skin.
● Set your lancing device at a comfortable depth. Try a different lancing device if the one you are using is not comfortable.
● Look for lancets that are thinner and shorter, and ensure they will fit in your lancing device.
● Replace the lancet each time you use it.
● When testing, use the sides of your fingertips and rotate amongst your fingers.
● Discard your lancet and strips in a sharps-rated container. Check with your pharmacy for options available in your community.
● Store your strips in the appropriate container or packaging away from sunlight and moisture.
● To verify your meter’s accuracy, do a glucose reading from your finger at the same time a lab sample is drawn, then have the meter result recorded directly on the lab requisition. When the results from the lab test are reported, the difference should be no more than 20 percent. This should be done annually to ensure your meter is working well.