Blood Glucose Monitor
When is the best time to conduct a blood glucose test?

While there isn’t an optimal time to take a glucose test, if you’re looking for more consistent numbers, it is best to take your readings about 1-2 hours before meals, as food can spike your glucose levels. During the day, levels tend to be at their lowest just before meals.

What is the normal blood glucose level?

Normal blood glucose level ranges from 72-99 mg/dL.

Do I need to calibrate the monitor for the test strips?

Programming isn’t required as our monitor instantly reads the codes encrypted on each Care Touch Glucose Test Strip.

When should I use the control solution test?

Control solution tests should be done at least once daily. It will help ensure that all instruments are operating properly.

How do I efficiently draw blood?

Rubbing the puncture site before pricking your finger will increase blood flow and significantly reduce variations between measurements. Press the lancing device’s tip firmly against the lower side of your fingertip, then press the release button to draw blood. You may need to adjust the lancing depth if your first attempt is not successful.

Do I have to fast for a blood glucose test?

You do not have to fast before a blood glucose test. Fasting for 8 hours is only required for the Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) test, a blood work that can gauge your baseline glucose levels.

Why are my results showing inaccurate or different numbers after taking the test repeatedly?

All glucometers are manufactured using the same standards. They must be accurate within 15% of the true glucose number 95% of the time, and within 20% in 99% of its readings. If you take your reading several times in one minute, all of them will be different due to the fact that the device is not capable of anything more than a close approximation, generally along 15%-20%. According to the FDA, glucose meter values should be within 15 percent of the results obtained from a lab 95 percent of the time, and within 20 percent of lab measurements 99 percent of the time. [Source: US Food & Drug Administration. Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Test Systems for Over-the-Counter Use. Updated February 8, 2018]

What is a control solution?

A control solution is an artificial blood sample that contains a set level of glucose. You can check the accuracy and precision of your blood glucose monitor and test strips using this solution by conducting control tests.

What do control solution levels mean?

Each level corresponds to the concentration of glucose in each solution: 1 – low, 2 – normal, and 3 – high.

Lancets

What are lancets?

A lancet is a small medical tool used for puncturing the skin in order to get capillary blood samples. These blood samples can be used for blood glucose testing.

What does triple-beveled mean?

A bevel is the angled surface formed on the tube when sharpened to make a needlepoint. Our needle tips are specially designed to cause the least amount of pain while also drawing a small amount of blood by controlling the puncture depth and angle of penetration.

What is the difference between a safety lancet and a normal lancet?

A regular lancet requires a lancing device to prick the skin. The safety lancet is a single-use and quick alternative, that allows for diabetes testing on the go without the need for a lancing device.

Can I use a lancet without a lancing device?

In order to prevent pain and discomfort, lancets should only be used with a lancing device.

Can these lancets work with my “x” lancing device?

These lancets are compatible with most generic lancing devices.

Can I reuse these lancets?

No. We strongly recommend disposing of the lancets after use as they are designed to be single-use for sterility and hygienic purposes. Also, the tip of a new needle is sharp and precisely formed to ensure gentle lancing but the tip can become dull or bent if used more than once.

Can I bring my lancets aboard a plane?

Yes. It’s okay to bring lancets for blood testing on board as long as they’re covered and labeled clearly. TSA recommends that you keep your lancets in its original packaging.

How do I properly dispose of lancets?

To help avoid HIV (AIDS), HBV (Hepatitis), and other infectious diseases due to accidental needle sticks, follow standard infection control precautions as specified by the CDC or local equivalent. All syringes and needles are to be disposed of according to local guidelines. [Source: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/disposal.html]

What does pressure-activated mean?

In order for the needle to puncture, it will need to be firmly pressed on the testing site. The pressure activation gives it another layer of safety and prevents accidental discharging of the needle.

What are the types of lancets available at Care Touch?

We offer an assortment of lancets such as twist-top lancets, multicolored twist-top lancets, and safety lancets. Each type of lancet has a triple-beveled needle tip.

Lancing Device

What is a lancing device?

A lancing device is a tool used to draw blood for diabetes management. With the use of inserted lancets, the device pricks the skin to collect a blood sample, which can be tested through a glucometer. For blood glucose level monitoring, check out our diabetes kit.

What does the 10-depth setting do?

It adjusts the depth of the lancet’s penetration to maximize sample collection while minimizing pain and discomfort on the site.

Does it work with regular lancets?

While it can fit any lancets from other brands, it’s recommended to use Care Touch brand lancets for better handling and operation as it’s designed to work well with our own product.

What are the parts of a lancing device?

The lancing device is made up of adjustable caps, cocking control, ejector, lancet holder, depth indicator, and arrows.

Are all lancing devices the same?

Not all lancing devices are the same. However, the general purpose of their use is the same.

How do I set up the Care Touch Lancing Device?

For best results, follow the steps below:

1. Twist and pull off the cap of the lancing device.
2. Insert a lancet and secure it properly.
3. Twist the protective cover of the lancet.
4. Place and twist the cap back.
5. Select the depth of penetration.
6. Put the control back until it clicks. Then your device should be ready for lancing the finger.

Does it come with lancets?

Yes. The Care Touch lancing device is sold with twist top lancets in plain or multicolor.

Is this available with the glucometer?

Yes. A Diabetes Testing Kit that comes complete with a blood glucose meter, lancing device, lancets, and test strips is sold separately at Care Touch. Check out our store for our full line of diabetes testing products.

Does the device come with a user manual?

Yes. Our lancing device comes with a user manual so you could easily navigate through the device components and use it conveniently for your diabetes testing needs.

Blood Glucose Test Strips

Can I use the test strips with other glucometers?

No. You can only use Care Touch test strips with Care Touch Blood Glucose Monitors.

How does glucose strip work?

Blood glucose test strips contain a capillary that sucks the blood up into the test strip. It reaches an enzyme electrode where an electrical current is created. The charge passing through the electrode is proportional to the amount of glucose in the blood sample.

Are glucose strips universal?

No. The Care Touch glucose strips are only compatible with the Care Touch monitor.

How to choose the correct glucose test strip?

Test strips are designed to work with a matching meter. In this case, you would need a Care Touch Blood Glucose Monitor for the strips to correctly work.

Does a glucose test strip require a control solution? Why?

Control solutions are for testing the accuracy of the strips. They are calibrated to only work with the machine it was designed for, and it is recommended that you test your strips before use to ensure the accuracy of your tests.

Do I need to calibrate the test strips for the monitor?

Programming isn’t required as our monitor instantly reads the codes encrypted on each Care Touch Glucose Test Strip.

Can I reuse a test strip?

No. For safety precautions, use only one glucose test strip when administering a test and dispose of properly after use.