Paediatric 12 Hour First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Testing Blood Sugar

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Monitoring Blood Glucose Levels: Managing Diabetes Effectively

The Importance of Blood Glucose Monitoring

Knowing the level of glucose in their blood allows individuals with diabetes to manage their condition more effectively. This monitoring provides greater control and helps detect early signs of hypo- or hyperglycaemia.

Using Finger-Pricking Devices

Finger-pricking devices are automatic tools used by people with diabetes to test their blood sugar. These devices use a lancet, a very short and fine needle, to pierce the skin and extract a blood sample.

Preparation and Sterilisation

Since the skin is a natural barrier against infection, it is crucial to sterilise both the site to be pierced and the lancet. An alcohol pad or wipe is typically used to clean the area beforehand.

Collecting the Blood Sample

Only one drop of blood is needed to test sugar levels. Initially, the process might be painful, but individuals quickly adapt. It's essential to use a new test strip each time to ensure the blood sample is fresh and uncontaminated.

Tips for Blood Collection

For some people, sitting down and lowering their hand can help if blood flow is restricted. This simple adjustment can make the process easier and more effective.