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TIPS FOR FINGER-PRICKING AND SHARPS DISPOSAL
- Wash hands in warm water and dry well. Warm water helps improve blood flow to the fingertips.
- Choose a different finger to prick each time:– The little finger, ring finger and middle fingers are usually best.Avoid using any fingertip that has a lot of fingerprick marks on it.
- Massage firmly from the base of your palm to the pad of your fingertip several times until fingertip is red and full of blood.
- Press fingerpricker to side of fingerpad, (not side of finger!). Push button and hold a few seconds before removing fingerpricker.Massage again from base of palm to pad of fingertip until a good drop of blood forms. If not enough blood wipe away first drop then massage again.
- Apply drop of blood to target area of test strip and ensure it completely fills. If target area not completely filledyou may get a falsely low reading.If you are using a Caresens meter you must apply the blood at 90 degrees – the strip acts as a straw and sucks the blood up into the meter.
- Apply pressure to pricked fingertip with a tissue for at least 1 minute – this helps prevent bruising.
- Change lancet (needle) in fingerpricker after 10 – 15 tests. The sharper the lancet the more comfortable the fingerpricking.
You can buy more lancets at chemists – they don’t come on prescription
TIPS FOR SAFE HANDLING AND DISPOSAL OF SHARPS
“Sharps” is the name for anything sharp that could cause injury and transfer disease or infection to another person. Sharps include lancets from your fingerpricker, syringes and pen needles from insulin pen. It is your responsibility to dispose of your sharps safely.
- Dispose of your sharps when they are dull, bent or have come into contact with anything other than clean skin
- Buy a certified sharps disposal container from Diabetes Wellington or your chemist to keep used sharps in
- If you cannot find/afford a certified sharps container, use an opaque, heavy duty plastic child-proof container (eg. a used bleach or dishwasher detergent bottle, or a glass jar with a lid)
- Return full sharps containers to Diabetes Wellington (free to members or a gold coin donation) or bring to the Diabetes Clinic for disposal
- Or check with your pharmacy to see if they dispose of sharps
- Never share your fingerpricker, insulin pen or syringes
- Keep all sharps out of reach of children