Best practices for remote monitoring of blood glucose patients

Best practices for remote monitoring of blood glucose patients

Proper training and technique for patients is the best way to ensure accurate readings with your at-home blood glucose monitor. Some of the most common reasons for inaccurate readings can be attributed to a simple lack of patient education. 100Plus provides accurate and reliable at-home Remote Patient Monitoring devices and proper patient education, guides, and resources to guarantee precise patient data for clinicians. 

Accurate and consistent blood glucose readings are essential to efficiently monitoring a remote patient. These best practices will help patients to record the most exact data for healthcare providers so that clinicians can work with patient measurements to prevent health emergencies. Patients who consistently report inaccurate results put themselves at risk of dangerously high or low blood glucose and can potentially leave providers uninformed. 

Who should test blood glucose at home?

The prime candidates for at-home blood glucose testing and monitoring are patients suffering from chronic conditions such as:

  • Diabetes type 1
  • Diabetes type 2

These chronic condition patients may also be eligible for at-home monitoring if they are at risk for diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease

What are some factors that might interfere with accurate results?

At-home blood glucose results may not be accurate if:

  • The patient suffers from anemia or gout
  • It is abnormally hot or extremely humid outside
  • If the patient is located at a very high altitude 
  • There is an excessive amount of vitamin C in the patients system

If you consistently see inaccurate or unexpected results it is best to contact the dedicated support team for your specific RPM program. 

The 5 best ways to guarantee accurate at-home blood glucose readings

  1. Make sure your test strips are not expired. Test strips that have passed their expiration date are not guaranteed to yield accurate results. Keeping your test strips dry and out of direct sunlight will also help deliver the most accurate results.
  2. Keep your meter at a stable temperature and out of direct sunlight. Your remote devices are made up of delicate machinery and should not be exposed to direct elements. Doing so may interfere with the accuracy of the machine.
  3. Establish a routine. Measuring blood glucose daily is important in collecting ample data while monitoring remotely. Each patient will have a unique schedule for testing that works best with their specific situation and condition.
  4. Use a branded meter over a generic one. Branded meters, such as this one, go through rigorous testing that are not always required for generic meters. Branded meters are more likely to have accurate readings and more reliable measurements.
  5. Wash your hands before using your blood glucose monitor. Residue left on fingertips, such as food, may interfere with the accuracy of a reading.

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