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Prior to a blood glucose test, how do you usually clean your fingers or your child's fingers?


Wash with soap and water






Use an alcohol swab






Use a hand sanitizer gel






Clean some other way






I don't clean my fingers before a blood test






Prior to a blood glucose test, how do you usually clean your fingers or your child's fingers?

Poll dates: December 15 - December 22, 2002
Total Votes: 614

Finger stick blood tests provide the most critical data used to manage diabetes: blood glucose measurements. Makers of blood glucose meters and diabetes educators recommend washing your fingers before a finger stick blood test to clean away any food or dirt that might be present. Contamination with food, for example, can result in inaccurately high blood glucose readings.

Cleaning with alcohol is often not recommended because it can dry out the skin, but one out of five readers report using alcohol wipes. Very few people report using hand sanitizer gels. Most people -- 42% -- report not cleaning at all.

Most diabetes educators recommend washing your hands with warm water and a gentle soap. Warm water helps the blood flow in the fingers, which can help you get a drop more easily than if your fingers are cold.

We last ran this poll in May of 1999 with similar results.

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