I feel silly but I have a ? maybe someone can help

By lipsie Latest Reply 2011-04-25 18:54:16 -0500
Started 2009-02-27 06:45:34 -0600

inno i have been a diabetic for years, using meters, but i NEVER used the solution…im not sure what you do to check your meter with it, please help…sorry for being so lame

15 replies

pkwillhoite 2011-04-25 18:54:16 -0500 Report

Wow I didnt know all this information… I have a Trutrack and it didnt caome with the solution… I wonder why???

lipsie 2009-03-13 03:04:32 -0500 Report

Thank you all for your answers, yes this does help me understand now. And I will sttempt this, later today actually…or should I was until I am done with a box of strips first? Sheila

Junebug - 34428
Junebug - 34428 2009-04-06 14:14:49 -0500 Report

glad you asked that question
I did not know if it was necessary to test etc
now I know it is ALMOST unncessary.
good, one less thing to do
thanks again for asking

dj7110 2009-03-12 19:41:23 -0500 Report

laways check the date on solutions also as they expire. I always teat my meter with solution everytime I start a new package of test strips. and on my meter I need to double click on start button to switch to solution as it registereds seperate from blood tests not to get confused in memory of the meter with blood tests on the weekly , or monthly averages. All meters are different though. so best to follow instructions for the particular meter you use.

jsd2005 2009-03-12 19:27:33 -0500 Report

Controls are important to perform as they test the calibration of the machine. Just inserting your new strip will not check this.

To perform a control, you just insert a strip as you normally would. When the strip or meter indicates it's ready for blood, you apply a drop of solution to the strip. You have to be careful as some strips/meters are sensitive about the amount of solution you apply. You should do this for both high and low solution for quality control. It will ensure that your sugars are accurate. Without this measure you meter can be have a higher than 10% error rate.

I strongly suggest testing your meter with the control solution at least once a month at the least.

I hope this helps

firefightermom 2009-02-27 20:08:32 -0600 Report

we do use the solution… it calibrates the machine. on our meter you have to insert a strip and put a drop of the solution as if you were checking your bloodsugar.It will think for a second then show up a number. on your test strip bottle you will see in the corner somewhere glucose control- level 1-2 there should be a range of numbers there if the number your meter showed is between those numbers it is reading right.Most meters only come with the level one solution you have to buy the level two for some reason.any way it's good to do just to be sure it's reading right. I dont do it alot but we do check it every now and then. hope that helps

Goddess 2009-02-27 20:19:13 -0600 Report

The only tme I have used it was on old meters.

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-02-28 18:12:04 -0600 Report

I was wondering the same thing. I never use the solution cuz I really just don't remember to and then I noticed that there is a shelf life. So one day I decided to do the control test and I called the pharmacist and asked does my insurance cover control solution and he said no and that most insurances do not cover it and it costs between $10-$15 a bottle. So I just said forget it I never use it.

Burke - 30425
Burke - 30425 2009-02-27 17:23:49 -0600 Report

I asked my pharmacist the question of how important it was to check with the control solution. His answer was that before they perfected the meters and strips there was a great variance and it was and important step. Now they have been so refined that they don't even carry it any longer as they feel it to be obsolete.

roger 2009-02-27 19:28:46 -0600 Report

good i have about 6 with only one or two drops used out of them .i can now toss them

rbergman 2009-02-27 10:02:21 -0600 Report

There was a discussion a while back about the control solution. Some of us don't bother using it simply because we have to pay for our supplies out of pocket and feel it is a waste to use the control solution and waste a strip that we need to test our BG level. Others reported that they do use the control solution when they open a new vial of strips and others reported using it when they opened the box containing 2 vials of strips but only tested once, not once for each vial. It's a personal choice in the end. The control solution isn't good forever, it has a shelf life just like most things therefore stocking up on them in a drawer doesn't really make a difference either.
Personally, if I open a new vial of test strips for myself or my daughter and the first test on ourselves doesn't seem right, then I do a control solution test to make sure its not the strips but otherwise I don't bother with it.
I do remember reading that certain meters come with an extra strip of paper specifically for doing a control solution test, but again, for those of us that use meters that do not come with the extra paper to test on we try to conserve our strips for our BG tests.

I hope this helps, but basically its a personal choice for most of us.


kdroberts 2009-02-27 08:00:23 -0600 Report

I don't bother with it personally, they don't give you an extra strip to use! If you do want to use it your meter instruction booklet will tell you what to do. Generically you put the strip in as normal, when it prompts you to give the sample you need to change it to test solution, pressing a button will do that, which one will depend on the meter (usually the up or down arrows on meters that have them), then you put the solution on the strip like you would do blood. Check the result you get with the range on the vial of test strips, if it's in the result you're fine, if not call he meter company for a replacement meter and strips.

2009-02-27 06:47:48 -0600 Report

I am so glad you asked that question, lol. I just keep putting that little bottle of solution back in the box the meter came in! I need to know this too! Thanks again, maybe many people can help! Angie