Take care of your supplies so that you can test your blood sugar
safely and get the most accurate blood sugar results. These results will be
used to evaluate your treatment for
Meters. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer
about how to care for the meter. All meters can be damaged by being dropped or
jarred and by exposure to very hot or very cold temperatures. Some meters need
to be cleaned regularly and have their batteries changed periodically.
Lancets. Lancets must be thrown away safely after
they are used. Do not put lancets into your household wastebasket or trash can;
a used lancet might accidentally stick someone. Put your used lancets in a
plastic container (such as a small, empty soda pop bottle or laundry detergent
bottle) and seal it when it is three-quarters full. Check with your local trash
disposal agency about how you need to dispose of lancets. Some agencies have
special ways to get rid of this type of waste.
Strips. Protect the test strips from dampness and
humidity. Do not store them in the bathroom. Replace the lid on the strip
bottle immediately after you take out a strip for testing.
Note: Check your meter's accuracy by taking it
with you when you have a blood sugar test done at the doctor's office or lab.
Prick your finger (or your child's finger, if he or she has diabetes) and test
the blood with your meter at the same time the lab test is done. If your meter
is accurate, the results should be no more than 20% above or below the lab's
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