Here is something that has probably happened to most of us at one time or another. You go to your local pharmacy to purchase supplies for your glucometer, only to find that they are out of the strips you need. This can be an extremely frustrating experience, especially if you have a busy schedule and rely on your glucometer to help keep you on track. With the OKRA Refill Kit, you can ensure this never happens again.
How do Glucose Test Strips Work?
Glucose test strips are small strips of paper used to test for the presence of glucose in a liquid. The strip is placed in the liquid, and a chemical reaction changes the color.
The strip is then compared to a color chart, allowing the user to determine the glucose concentration in the liquid. Glucose test strips monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and are also sometimes used to test for the presence of glucose in other liquids, such as urine or fruit juice.
How to Use Glucose Test Strips?
While test strips are generally easy to use, it is important to follow the instructions carefully to get accurate results.
First, wash and dry your hands by using a glucose test strip. Then, insert the strip into the meter and follow the on-screen instructions. Once it is inserted, a small drop of blood will be required. The blood can be collected from a finger prick or a small arm cut. Once the blood is on the strip, wait for the meter to give a reading. The reading will indicate the amount of sugar in the blood.
It is important to clean the meter regularly and store the strips in a cool, dry place. Glucose test strips should be used as directed by a healthcare professional.
Is Glucose Test Strip Accuracy?
Glucose test strips are important for people with diabetes as they allow patients to closely monitor their blood sugar levels. However, they are not always 100% accurate, and many factors can affect the accuracy of glucose test strips, including expired strips, incorrect storage conditions, and user error.
Expired or damaged test strips may give inaccurate readings, so it is important to check the expiration date before using them. Glucose test strips should also be stored in a cool, dry place, as extreme heat or moisture can damage the strips and cause them to give inaccurate readings.
Finally, incorrect usage can also lead to inaccuracies; for example, using too much or too little blood on the strip can cause errors. Despite these potential sources of error, glucose test strips are generally quite accurate when used correctly. That said, it is still important to talk with a healthcare professional to ensure that the results are interpreted correctly.
If you have diabetes, it's always important to have a backup supply of test strips. That way, if you run out or if your strips get damaged, you won't have to go without them. OKRA Refill Kit offers a convenient subscription service that delivers test strips to your door. With the recurring subscription service, you can choose to receive 100, 200, or 300 strips per month, and we'll make sure you always have a fresh supply on hand.
Plus, the subscriptions are flexible - you can change your quantity or delivery frequency any time. So sign up now and never worry about running out of test strips again.
If you want to properly store your glucose test strips, be sure to follow these four steps closely:
- Store your test strips in the original vial
- After putting in all the test strips, ensure the vial is closed tightly
- Use a permanent marker and indicate on the vial the discard date. The discard date written should be nine months after the first opening of the vial
- Before you use the test strips, always check the expiration date that you have previously written on the vial.
Glucose test strips can contain electrical terminals that can correctly quantify the Gluconic acid amount that is present inside the blood sample. This amount is highly dependable on the concentration level of the Gluconic acid. Hence, it is essential that you close the vial immediately and as tightly as possible after using the test strip. Otherwise, any form of exposure can often lead to higher, undesirable humidity levels. This could potentially cause the test strip to change some of its chemical properties and result in false or inaccurate glucose readings.
Always remember to refer to the safety manual provided inside the test strip box before you start using. Keep the test strips in the original vial and away from direct sunlight or heat. When removing a test strip to use, lay a sufficiently large, clean cloth underneath in the event that you may drop it. Finally, do not reuse a test strip as they are meant for one-time use only.