How do I run a blood sugar test on a non-fingertip site?
Your Accu-Chek lancing device has a special plastic cap designed for testing on other areas of the body. Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you. Note: Do not use the special plastic cap when testing at the fingertip. Follow the steps for fingertip testing, with a few differences: Use the clear or gray cap. You may need a deeper setting. Try 3 for palm testing or 5-1/2 for forearm or upper arm testing. (These are suggested settings; yours may differ.) Press the opening of the clear or gray cap firmly against a fleshy area of the non-fingertip site. Press the lancing device up and down in a slow pumping motion to assist the flow of blood. Keep steady pressure on the area, then press and release the plunger. Do not be afraid to apply pressure to the area with the lancing device to assist the flow of blood. Continue to press the cap against the site for a few seconds to allow blood to come to the surface.
Can I use a blood sample from other areas on my body?
Yes. In addition to the fingertip, you can collect blood samples from the palm, forearm or upper arm. Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.
What happens if I do not apply enough blood on the test strip?
An E4 displays on the meter, indicating not enough blood was drawn into the test strip for measurement or blood was applied after the test had started. You should discard the test strip and repeat the blood sugar test.
Why does the test sometimes start even if yellow is still showing in the strip window?
The system automatically detects when enough blood has been applied to the strip and begins the test, even if some yellow is still visible. The only time you need to apply more blood is when the blood drop symbol continues to flash in the display.
How large is the sample size for a blood sugar test?
It's a small sample—just 0.6 microliter.
How can I make it easier to get a drop of blood?
There are a few ways you can improve blood flow and make blood sugar testing easier: Warm your fingers by washing with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry completely. Let your arm hang down at your side to increase blood flow to the fingertips. Grasp finger just below the joint closest to the fingertip and massage gently toward tip of finger, then squeeze for 3 seconds. Use an Accu-Chek lancing device set to the right penetration depth for your skin type. Refer to your User's Guide for additional information.