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How often do you use control solution to check your blood glucose meter?


Everytime I open a new package of test strips






More than once a month






About once a month






A couple times a year






Once, when I first got the meter






Never, or almost never












Total votes: 449


How often do you use control solution to check your blood glucose meter?

Poll dates: October 23 - 30, 2005
Total Votes: 449

A small number of people -- just 13% -- check their meters with control solution every time they open a new package of test strips. More than three times as many people -- 44% -- essentially never check their meters.

Checking meters is extremely important because you are making a lot of decisions based on obtained results. In addition, we often get questions relating to discrepancies between home test results and hemoglobin A1c. Such differences may be the result of a poorly functioning meter or "bad strips."

The calibration code, strip, or chip merely sets the meter for the batch of strips being used. Control solutions measure the accuracy of the strips. Regulations require that meters used in hospitals, doctors offices, etc. be checked daily with both a check strip as well as High and Low control solutions. This assures correct readings.

Since temperature extremes can affect the accuracy of glucose test strips, it is a good idea to check each vial with control solution.

The number of people who check their meter with control solution is declining, based on our poll data:

Answer    Oct 2005 July 2002 July 2001 July 1999
Every new vial    13% 18% 16% 18%
More than once a month    1% 1% 3% 2%
About once a month    7% 8% 8% 10%
Couple times a year    15% 20% 22% 21%
Once, with new meter    14% 13% 15% 10%
Never, or almost never    44% 36% 32% 33%
Other    2% 1% 2% 2%

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Last Updated: Sunday October 30, 2005 11:31:14
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