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How to Use a OneTouch Ultra Glucometer

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Use a OneTouch Ultra Glucometer
Someone is checking their blood sugar levels.

The OneTouch Ultra glucometer from LifeScan offers blood glucose results in five seconds with the option to add meal flags or comments to document what affects your readings. The unit comes with a blood sampler and sterile lancets. Test strips are sold separately. LifeScan recommends testing on your fingertip for all types of testing, including before and after meals, after exercise, or when you are concerned about hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Results obtained from your forearm or palm may differ from results obtained through a fingertip measurement.

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Step 1

Insert a test strip as far as it will go into the meter's test port. Use clean, dry hands and do not bend or cut the strips.

Step 2

Look at the display and check that the code on the meter matches the code on the test strip's vial. If it does not match, use the arrow buttons to scroll through until you have selected the matching number.

Step 3

Press "OK" to advance to the "Apply Blood" screen.

Step 4

Wash your hands with water and soap before taking a blood sample to prevent infection.

Step 5

Twist the blue cap off of the blood sampler.

Step 6

Push a lancet firmly in the holder. Twist the disk until it separates from the lancet. Replace the blue cap on the blood sampler and twist it on until tight.

Step 7

Turn the depth adjustment knob toward the small dots for a shallow puncture or toward the large dots for a deep puncture.

Step 8

Pull the cocking control on the blood sampler back until you hear a click.

Step 9

Hold the blood sampler's tip against your finger's side and press the release button. Remove the blood sampler from your finger.

Step 10

Squeeze your fingertip to form a round drop of blood.

Step 11

Hold the blood drop to the channel on the test strip's top edge. Keep holding it until the confirmation window is full of blood. After counting down from five, your blood glucose along with the unit of measure, date and time will appear on the display.

Step 12

Press the up arrow to display the "Meal Flag" screen after receiving a result. Press one of the arrows to select if the reading was before or after the meal. Press the down arrow to display the "Comment" screen. Use the down and up arrows to select one of the comment choices, which include no comment, stress, illness, menses, vacation, medication and not enough food. Press "OK" to confirm your selection.

Step 13

Remove the test strip to turn off the meter, and throw the test strip away. Point the blood sample downward and push the release button to eject the lancet to dispose of it.

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