Using a Glucometer
How to assess your patient’s blood sugar.
First be sure that you have your PPE, next
explain to your patient. Sir, I’m going to
check your blood sugar which finger would
you like for me to use? (this one). Be sure
that you have all of your equipment assembled
including your glucometer, your strips that
are coded correctly, the sharps container
to throw away your lancet, alcohol prep pads
as well as something to clean the first drop
of blood with. Wipe the site vigorously so
as to get all the dirt off and allow it air
dry. Never blow on the patient’s finger or
wave your hand to get the alcohol to evaporate.
Next, hold the patient’s finger so as to squeeze
the pad of the finger slightly, take your
lancet and aim for the center of the finger,
right in this area. Sir, on three you are
going to feel a big pinch. One, two, three.
If you’re able to immediately dispose of your
sharpe. Slightly squeeze or milk the pad of
the finger and so as not to have a contaminated
sample, wipe the blood off. Squeeze a sufficient
amount of blood, place your strip next to the
lancet so that it will soak it up. Sir, hold
that right there for me. Have the patient
hold the 2×2 and then read the number on the
screen and that would be your patient’s blood
sugar. Make sure to place a band aid on your
patient’s finger so that they don’t bleed
all over the place. And then you are done.