Using a blood glucose meter and test strips

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Blood glucose meters and test strips

You can manage your diabetes successfully by testing your blood glucose (sugar) level at home. Blood glucose meters help you do this. However, you need to use them properly for the results to be accurate.

You can find the instructions for using and storing your blood glucose meter, lancing device with lancet (small needle), controls and test strips in the:

These instructions may differ between models or brands. Some manufacturers also provide more information on their websites.

You can ask a health care provider to:

A health care provider can also tell you if any of your medications or treatments may affect the test results.

Tips for accurate test results

In Canada, results are displayed as mmol/L, or millimoles of glucose per litre of blood. To make sure your blood glucose tests are accurate, follow these tips.

Tip #1: manual and instructions for use

Tip #2: hand washing

Tip #3: lancing device and lancets

Tip #4: meter use and storage

Tip #5: test strips

Causes of inaccurate readings

In addition to issues with the meter and test strips, other factors can affect the accuracy of blood glucose readings.

You can get inaccurate readings by:

Certain physical health issues can affect a reading:

A reading can also be affected by:

Speak to a health care provider if you’re worried about the accuracy of your blood glucose tests.

You can report any problems you have with your meter and test strips to Health Canada.

To report to Health Canada, you can:

We review all reports on medical devices and assess the information. We will contact people who report problems to gather more information, as needed.

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