Field Tips: Part 2

Field tip #7: If you lack access to running water, licking your finger can be an effective way to “clean” the lancing site before monitoring.

Field tip #8: If you have severe neuropathy in your hands, look to your earlobe for a blood glucose sampling site. You’ll need a mirror to see what you’re doing, but it works fine and is more accurate than using other alternate sites, as discussed in the article.

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Field tip #9: Many lancing devices are shipped with the clear cap on, and with the opaque plastic cap for fingertips somewhere else in the box. No matter how shallow you set the depth control on the device, if the clear cap is on, it will lance too deeply for a fingertip sample, and it will hurt. Make sure you’re using the opaque cap, and throw the clear one away.

Field tip #10: Some meters have the port at the top of the meter, while others have it at the bottom. It makes no real difference, but if you’ve been using one type for a while and switch to the other, you’ll probably end up holding the meter upside down at first. There aren’t many combinations of numbers this can happen with, but it’s possible, for example, that you could see a reading of 591 that is actually 165 viewed upside down. Taking a correction dose of insulin in this case would be…bad. And, yes, it’s happened. So whenever you get a high reading, first make sure you’re reading the number correctly.