Test strips and monitors have codes that must be adhered to.
We Buy Diabetic Test Strips: When you are testing yourself for glucose levels, you must get an accurate reading so you can take appropriate action. Improper handling can cause you to have a much higher or lower reading than is true. Accurate readings are the key to good management.
When you have had your blood glucose meters for a year, you should have it tested with a lab to make sure it’s still giving good readings. When you have your blood checked at the lab, test your blood on the monitor no longer than 5 minutes afterward. Wait 3 hours after eating or do the fasting blood test. There might be a difference between the readings, but it should never be more than 15 or 20% off of what the lab gets. If there is a bigger difference between them, you can do the test again to be sure. If you are sure there is significant inaccuracy, call the monitor company.
Control solutions that come with the monitor are only good for three months after they are opened, so they are not always the best judge of monitor accuracy. They are also affected by temperature at which they are stored and the evaporation factor. Experts are leery of control solutions because they don’t adequately reflect real blood and may be too general.
“There might be a difference between the readings, but it should never be more than 15 or 20% off of what the lab gets.”
Test strips and monitors have codes that must be adhered to. As many as 9 out of 10 readings could be inaccurate where the test strips are not coordinated with the monitor’s code. Always watch for the code number on the strip container to make sure it displays the correct code for your machine. Code chips can be entered into the machine to calibrate the strips with the monitor. There are also strips that are automatically coded to match the monitor, but that is too often not the case. The strips must be calibrated when you get a new vial.
Unless your strips are foil enclosed, individual strips may not be accurate. They will have been exposed to the elements which could change their character and give you an inaccurate reading. Along those same lines, if you travel with your meter and individual strips, watch the expiration dates on the strips, too. When you carry them outside of their vials they tend to get mixed up and you must pay close attention to their dates and their codes every time you use one.
You may find yourself having extra strips frequently or occasionally. There are many reasons people have extra strips including the doctor changing your machine, testing yourself less frequently, a loved one goes into a nursing home that provides the test strips for them…and many more. If your boxes of strips meet our buying criteria, we can pay you cash the same day. We will pay for the boxes of strips and shipping via check or paypal, whichever you prefer. We have many repeat sellers because we pay fast and provide exceptional customer service! We purchase boxes that are not expired and are unopened.
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