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How to do a blood glucose test

  1. Before doing any blood test you must clean, wash and dry your hands to remove anything that could change the result or cause infection.
  2. Setup your finger pricker with a new cartridge or lancet. Lancets are the needles that will create a very small hole in the skin.
  3. Setup your meter, switch it on, calibrate if required and insert a test strip.
  4. Prick your finger enough that blood will come out without applying pressure. 
  5. Apply the test strip end to the blood and allow it to flow in. Your meter will let you know if enough blood has been applied.
  6. Wait for the result.

A short video guide about carrying out a blood glucose test.
Produced by the UCLH children and young people’s diabetes service.

If you need a Blood Glucose meter this is a good one that is commonly used.

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