Gauze - what is best?

MominMA67
By MominMA67 Latest Reply 2017-08-31 21:08:11 -0500
Started 2017-08-15 18:34:35 -0500

Hi - my son (age 9) was recently diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes. We are learning the ropes - and I have a question about the gauze people prefer to wipe clean the finger after the first drop comes out. CVS supplies were shockingly mystifying. At our Endo they use Curity - but I'm not sure what specific type. Could anyone here give me suggestions of gauze squares they have found great and easy. I want to use sterile - am I right? Thanks!


6 replies

archie paul
archie paul 2017-08-31 21:08:11 -0500 Report

I prefer to run cool water to wash my finger after the first drop then use a wet wipe too clean it. this seven yr in this

JSJB
JSJB 2017-08-21 16:24:43 -0500 Report

I've been using the alcohol pad that I sterilize the area that I am going to get blood from. After I get my bg reading, I take the pad wipe the finger and use it to remove the test strip.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2017-08-19 10:26:04 -0500 Report

I do the same as Gabby (mostly using tissue paper). If I've been touching things or out shopping I'll use an alcohol wipe. I also buy my injection pens w/needles and test strips at diabetic or medical supply sites. I've found a couple with very reasonable prices and I buy from them all the time now — but I buy in larger quantities (like 100 pens and 100 strips at a time). You get a better deal that way. Plus, they deliver it to my apartment mailbox where it is locked.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2017-08-17 19:27:56 -0500 Report

I use the paper towel that I dry my hands with. My mom just uses a tissue. I have purchased gauze in bulk packs at medical supply stores. That is the best price. Being sterile was not on my radar so I just bought a pack of 2x2's and 4x4's. But personally, I save gauze for injuries, not finger sticks.

I have used the alcohol wipes to clean my finger in the past. It usually doesn't sting or anything. You could do that. I just say because diabetic supplies get costly, and finding ways to save here and there helps.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-08-16 17:28:12 -0500 Report

I've had Type 1 diabetes for 41 years. IMO, simply wiping off the fingertip with tissue would be sufficient, but, if you want to use gauze for this purpose, the pads in most brands are separately sealed in in individual packets. I just bought Walmart's Equate brand because I recently had hand surgery. They'd work just fine.

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