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Accu-Chek is a blood glucose testing machine, also called a glucometer. You use a glucometer if you have type 1 diabetes mellitus, and some people with type 2 diabetes mellitus use one as well.
Diabetes is a disease where the blood sugar is too high. It is important to understand blood sugar readings during treatment because readings that are too high or too low are dangerous.
Checking the blood sugar helps to determine the best dosage of anti-diabetic medications, whether treatment is working, and the overall diabetic control.
Gather your testing supplies in front of you before you begin.
Choose a finger that you will test, and use an alcohol pad to clean the area. Choose a site off to the side of the tip of the finger. Let the alcohol dry.
While the alcohol is drying, load a lancet into the lancing device.
Once the alcohol has dried, use the lancing device to poke a hole at the testing site.
Insert a test strip into the glucometer. It should turn on by itself with the test strip inserted.
Push the skin around the hole until a bead of blood forms. Touch the tip of the test strip to the bead of blood. You should see results in a few seconds.
The following are necessary to test the blood sugar:
Only use lancets one time to lower the risk of infection. Do not share them with other people, and do not reuse them.