finger pricks

By Germaine Latest Reply 2010-07-19 10:01:36 -0500
Started 2010-07-17 14:35:46 -0500

ponder me this? is there anywhere else we can prick to get blood to test glucose? why was the fingers the chose spot. i prick many times a day and not my fingers have some calluses, i will have to get them buffed soon.. are there any other areas we can test for accuracy.

also i have two machine ultratouch and omnipod
where is there a 35 difference in glucose reading?
i did the solution checkup on both.

i got 115 on ultratouch and 150 on omnipod

5 replies

monkeymama 2010-07-19 10:01:36 -0500 Report

Hello there Germaine! Depending on the meters guidelines for testing, I have heard it is also possible to test on your forearm. Check the manufactures suggestions of other possible testing sites. The other thing is, are you a insulin pumper with a meter remote (Omnipod)? If you are using a insulin pump with a meter. Technically you are suppose to use the meter that came with it. Unless it is broke or lost, avoid using two different meters.

kdroberts 2010-07-18 06:07:39 -0500 Report

You should be able to yet 2 or 3 different places on each side of your fingers so 40-60 different spots. Most meters have a function for alternate site testing like the arm but its not good for a lot of testing like doing for insulin, testing low blood sugar and a few others. The fingers contain blood with the most accurate blood sugar counts.

SkipT 2010-07-17 18:17:37 -0500 Report

Almost forgot the second part of your question. Meters vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. A meter is allowed a + or - of 20% and
is still considered to be functioning. I always try and use the same meter on any given day.

SkipT 2010-07-17 18:15:28 -0500 Report

Do you use the sides of each finger? It is far less painful and give you ten extra places to test and give the other places a rest.

Germaine 2010-07-18 19:54:03 -0500 Report

it hurts my finger no matter where i prick it. and my left hand fingers are full of hard skin now. i dont like it, so i am gonna buff it down lol i tried my toes the other day and i got same reading as finger, i tried my palm and feet as well. seem to get same readings as pricking finger.

i am on the omnipod now so use it built in meter now.

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