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Blood Glucose testing

Important points to remember when testing for blood glucose levels:

  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands before testing. This is absolutely essential in order to obtain an accurate result. Do not use wet wipes or hand gels as these may affect the result (there are specific wipes made by the meter companies that may be useful for days out etc).
  • Make sure your testing strips are in date.
  • The Lancet can be used up to a maximum of four times, before replacing it with a new one.
  • Avoid thumb and forefinger. Test by using the side of the finger and not the pad of the finger. It is important to rotate and not to use the same finger all the time.
  • Normal range for blood glucose levels are between 4mmol/L and 7mmol/L.
  • It is recommended that if your child has an unexplained/unexpected blood glucose levels of above 14mmol/l, or if your child is unwell, then blood ketones should be checked (please see separate patient information leaflet).
  • Dispose of lancet safely and appropriately.
  • Please remember to record results in the diary. This enables you to see a pattern in blood glucose levels.

If you have any concerns about the result, please contact the Paediatric Diabetes Nurse on 01908 996 522, or ward 4 on 01908 996 367.

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