How to Use a Glucose Monitor

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A glucose monitor is something every diabetic will need to learn to use at some point or another. Learn how to use a glucose monitor with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with the Well Life, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina and we will be discussing how to use a blood glucose monitor. Well first of all, a glucose monitor is use to check one's blood sugar. And there are different ways to monitor the blood sugar by use of the glucose monitor. And we have several out there; we have the Johnson and Johnson, Aviva's, the Bayer makes one, Freestyle is one, Prodigy is another one. So, there's different types of brands, manufacturers of brands of glucose monitors. So, there are few that still have to be calibrated where the patient has to actually calibrate the machine. But, you simply just prick your finger; you use just a small amount of blood and the needle will actually read whatever your blood sugar is at that particular moment. One thing that we have to remember when we're monitoring blood sugar and checking with the glu, glucose machine is that the blood sugar may be differently with different machines. There maybe, you may get 100 on machine; the next machine makes a read 110. So, when you're switching from one glucose monitor to another one, that's when you kind of have to be just be aware that there maybe a difference between the readings. Well, we teach the patients how to check their blood sugar with the glucose monitor. We typically will like for them to check their blood sugars three to four times a day. That is an add deal way or add deal amount of time to check a blood sugar because we want a pre-prandial which is before breakfast or fasting and then we oftentimes want a post-prandial which means after a meal, about two hours after a meal. However, there have been federal regulations that have come down from Medicare or Medicaid that says if a patient is on Medicare and then not receiving insulin, then they need to only check their blood sugar one time a day. Now, the provider can override that. But now there is a process, there's a guideline now as, as to how many times a patient can check a blood sugar. But typically, we would like to see that least three to four readings. A patient that's on an insulin pump really needs to check their blood sugar above six to eight time a day. That was basic information. Make sure to consult with your health care provider.

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