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Prior to checking your blood glucose, how do you usually clean your fingers or alternate site?


Wash with soap and water






Use an alcohol swab






Use a hand sanitizer gel






Clean some other way






I don't clean






Total votes: 458


Prior to checking your blood glucose, how do you usually clean your fingers or alternate site?

Poll dates: December 19 - December 26, 2004
Total Votes: 458

Blood glucose monitoring provides the most important data used to manage diabetes: blood glucose measurements. Makers of blood glucose meters and diabetes educators recommend washing the site before checking your blood sugar to clean away any food or dirt that might be present. Contamination with food -- an issue for fingers -- can result in inaccurately high blood glucose readings.

Cleaning with alcohol is often not recommended because it can dry out the skin. Use of alcohol wipes has declined over the years, from 25% to 17%. Very few people report using hand sanitizer gels. Most people -- now 46% -- report not cleaning at all.

Answer       Dec 2004     Dec 2002     May 1999
Wash with soap and water 26% 30% 36%
Alcohol swab 17% 21% 25%
Sanitizer gel 3% 1% 2%
Something else 5% 4% 2%
Don't clean 46% 42% 33%

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