Blood glucose testing (BG testing) is a pillar of insulin pump therapy. Your diabetes manager gives you a fast result and lets you know if the test was done right.
When using the pump, you will be testing your BG 4-12 times a day.
Let's learn how to use the diabetes manager to measure your blood glucose level. It's fast and easy.
At the end of this lesson, you will know how to:
To perform a blood glucose test you need:
Prepare the lancing device according to the instructions provided. Wash your hands thoroughly. Dry your hands. If possible, use warm water.
Place your diabetes manager on a flat surface and insert the test strip into the Test Strip Slot in the direction of the arrow. The diabetes manager turns on.
The "Match Code to Vial" screen appears. Check the use-by date of the test strips and make sure the test strips are still in date and have not expired.
The "Apply Sample" screen appears on the diabetes manager and a beep indicates that the strip is ready for testing.
Prick your finger with your lancing device.
Gently squeeze your finger to get a drop of blood. Apply the blood drop to the front edge of the yellow window of the test strip.
The "Analyzing" screen appears as soon as you have applied enough blood.
Your result appears on the diabetes manager display.
About 3 seconds later, the detailed BG Result screen appears. Here you can enter information about meal time, the carbohydrates you are planning to eat and your current health or activity status. The next step describes how.
Press or on the diabetes manager to move to the Meal time box (or Carbs / Health accordingly), and press to enter. Press or on the diabetes manager to select a value. Press to save the value. If you enter values for carbs and health here, they are adopted by the Bolus Advice screen.
You will learn how to get Bolus Advice after a blood glucose test in the Advanced Training Module.
The colored bar on the blood glucose Result screen shows you what the blood glucose test means.
If the bar is:
If the bar is (continued):
Green: means your BG level is within your target range.
Discuss appropriate actions to take for each of these cases with your doctor or healthcare team.
You have completed the BG testing section.
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