How to Test Blood Glucose With a Glucometer
- 1). Turn on your glucometer. Determine where you are going to puncture for blood, generally the fingertip.
- 2). Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them. Insert a glucose test strip into the glucometer.
- 3). Pierce the side of your fingertip with the lancet device to obtain a drop of blood. The size of the blood drop needed depends on the glucometer; consult the manufacturer's manual to determine how much blood you need to apply.
- 4). Place your fingertip at the edge of the glucose strip and hold it to allow the strip to absorb the blood drop. Wipe any excess blood away with gauze.
- 5). Read the glucose value that appears on the glucometer display. The typical range for diabetic glucose levels are 70 to 130 mg/dL before a meal and less than 180 mg/dL after a meal.
- 6). Record your glucose readings. It is important to write your glucose results down to monitor your condition and treatment and to discuss your plan with your doctor.