I'm having a bit of a debate with the nurse at my PCP's office. She wanted to take my sugar today and came at me with an alcohol swab for my finger. I said, 'Let me do this, I do it every day' so I went to the sink to wash up. She said, 'You can just use the hand sanitizer.' I told her in my diabetes education class (admittedly, a farce, since they told us that 200 is not "that bad" a number) I was taught that using alcohol or sanitizer would throw the real results off and to only use soap and water when I test. Nurse Ratchett says she was taught otherwise in med. assistant school.
Does anyone have an opinion on which way is best to prep your finger?
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