wipe first drop of blood ?

By grandmaducky Latest Reply 2011-08-03 18:59:13 -0500
Started 2011-07-30 09:34:44 -0500

my sister in-law who"s has been diabetic since she was little in her late 20 now told me to wipe the first drop of blood and test the second i sometimes have alot of trouble getting the first drop has anybody heard of this and why wipe the first one

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Snapdragon Thistledown
Snapdragon Thistledown 2011-08-03 18:59:13 -0500 Report

I don't know about that but I have found that if you have to "milk" the finger really hard that sometimes the result is way higher than normal and if you repeat the test without having to "milk" the finger the result of the second test is more of what you expect.

RAYT721 2011-07-30 19:13:12 -0500 Report

I wound up in the ER the other day and the nurse did that. I have never seen it nor heard of it before. I didn't ask … but how ironic to see this discussion started. Thanks for asking this and to those responding.

LADYICYZ 2011-07-30 18:21:49 -0500 Report

i was told by a provider for my supplies that his father washed his hansdi nhot water and dried them before pricking his finger and he recieved a good showing of blood, it works for me, give it a try. wait a few second after you prick, kneed your hand doward toward your fingers then prick'

Dev 2011-07-30 17:48:57 -0500 Report

It is so funny that the day I want to ask a question somebody beats me to it. I actually logged on to ask the same question. I went for general checkup and a blood draw related to it. The technician did a glucose test too and she wiped the first drop. I asked her why and she mumbled something about the alcohol swab. I am assuming she removed the first drop because the alcohol hadn't dried and got mixed with blood.

My question was if one has to do that if the hand is dry when you take the drop? I guess from answers below, it is not absolutely necessary, especially since the reading is more like a running count or to give general idea of the status that day.

I was also told to not take the drop if it runs and doesn't stay as a drop. I follow that advise.

SlatonLeo 2011-07-30 17:36:12 -0500 Report

I like your attitude jayabee, thank you for your posts. I have yet learned how to share some info I get on things, but am sure most of you have seen or heard of them too.

jayabee52 2011-07-30 17:43:39 -0500 Report

well thanks Curtis for that recognition. It means a lot. And with this many people on the site, you might be surprised how many may not have seen or heard certain things. So feel free to share

bill121352 2011-07-30 12:29:39 -0500 Report

this wiping thing is now being done by dr's to new diabetics ! i have tried this and it doesn't change my readings !

Doc 720
Doc 720 2011-07-30 11:53:54 -0500 Report

The first drop is said to have the potential to contain a diluted sample due to the trauma just caused by the lancet. At least that is what they taught us in school. The meters of today are quite accurate (to a fault +/- 10%). but this is not going to be of a great consequence in the long haul. That little bit of extra tissue fluid that is mixed in will not alter any result significantly. If it did then Labs would always draw two vials and toss the first. Just my thoughts… TTFN!

realsis77 2011-07-30 11:44:49 -0500 Report

I always make sure and wash my hands really well before each test and I use the first drop of blood every time. I've never heard of wiping off the first drop? Maybe she is making sure the blood is clean? I could only guess why she does this… sorry I don't have a better answer for you. I think in my opnion, as long as your hands are washed well before testing you should be fine using that first drop of blood… I always only use the first drop of blood. I test EXACTLY as my doctor taught me to test. Id think if we were supposed to wipe off the first drop of blood our doctors would have said so in our instructions. Sometimes people have there "own" routines and ways of doing things. I would stick to what YOU are comfortable with doing. If we are supposed to wipe off the first drop of blood, well, I missed the information! As far as I understand well washed hands and the first drop is fine. But like I said perhaps there are different ways of doing it that I'm not aware of? I wish you the best! God bless! :)

grandmaducky 2011-07-30 13:46:42 -0500 Report

thank you

realsis77 2011-07-30 14:09:20 -0500 Report

Your welcome! Sometime people just have their "own" way of doing things. It becomes a habbit for them. Don't worry, your testing the correct way! Some advice that's given has to be "taken with a grain of salt" if you know what I mean?? They just have their own "ways" just smile and say thank you and continue with your ways. :)

jayabee52 2011-07-30 14:30:19 -0500 Report

I pretty much do the same —— unless, of course they come up with some compelling reason to alter my pattern.

jayabee52 2011-07-30 16:26:39 -0500 Report

Well if I were any more blessed I'd have to be twins! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

My kidneys are going south with their numbers and I have issues with stamina, but mentally I am doing just fine, Becky.