Guidelines on "point of care testing" blood glucose monitoring

Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:08 pm


guidelines on "point of care testing" blood glucose monitoring
As part of Quality Control, both test strips and control solutions are used to ensure that the blood glucose monitoring system is performed correctly before testing diabetic patients’ blood glucose levels. The integrity of these items must be checked to ensure accuracy of the results and appropriate blood sugar monitoring process. Test Strips
• Store test strips in their original bottles, tightly capped, within the glucometer kit.
• Keep away from heat and direct sunlight and do not refrigerate or freeze.
• Do not use after the manufacturer’s expiration date, which is indicated on the bottle label.
• Write the date on the bottle when usage starts.
• Discard any unused portion four months after opening. Control Solutions
• Store control solutions within the glucometer kit.
• Do not refrigerate or freeze.
• Do not use after the manufacturer’s expiration date, which is indicated on the bottle label.
• Write the date on the bottle when usage starts.
• Discard any unused portion three months after opening.
Notes:
- Test Strips and Control Solutions are checked daily to ensure accuracy.
- Health care providers perform testing of capillary blood sugar for diabetic patients should wash their hands with water & aseptic soap or use aseptic gel and wear gloves.
- Watch out blood contamination while testing blood sugar.
- Discard strips, lancets, and blood contaminated items in the designated disposing bins and not to dispose them in general trash.

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