Fast, easy harvesting , using a drop of capillary blood from the finger , earlobe or heel (infants ) , glucose test is a common method for monitoring blood glucose levels in diabetic patients , screening for diabetes mellitus , screening neonatal hypoglycemia , or differential diagnosis between diabetic and non-diabetic coma . The sample can be taken to the hospital and the patient’s home .
2. portable meter
3. fortified forest
4. gauze compresses
5. adhesive bandage
Prepare equipment: :
will check his meter and all accessories (needles , supplies , tape reader , battery , etc. )
confirm the identity of the patient ( to avoid confusion and to never take another patient analyzes ) .
be communicated to the patient what will be done , I will explain the procedure to reduce anxiety and ensure the cooperation.
select the puncture site ( finger or earlobe adult heels for newborn )
Wash hands thoroughly and put gloves
if necessary , to dilate the capillaries , can be applied to moderate heat , moist for 10 minutes
delete chosen puncture site with alcohol and then dried with a gauze
prepares meter ( be calibrated and open ) and then puncture site in one go short and fast
after puncture should be avoided to make compression or to “squeeze ” the place to avoid mixing with other tissue fluid capillary blood .
allow blood dripping ready to tape meter , ensuring that it is sufficient to read the result
after harvest to maintain compression on the puncture site until the bleeding stops
after stop bleeding apply an adhesive bandage .
note the result , date and time.
Special considerations :
Avoid harvesting from places edematiate , cyanotic . If you can not get blood capillary will puncture a vein by syringe and the syringe will tape a large drop of blood meter
if the patient will have to use their harvest home meter and one must learn to do it correctly , the most appropriate is to be given a written guide for the use of the meter . Also , you should know that abnormal blood glucose readings you will need to come to hospital.