Hematocrit levels can affect results whether the sample is obtained from a forearm or a finger stick. Hematocrit levels less than 30% may cause falsely high readings and hematocrit levels greater than 55% may cause falsely low readings. If the patient does not know their hematocrit level, they should consult their health care professional. Hematocrit levels may be affected by too much kneading during puncture site preparation.
Alternate Site Testing (AST) means using another part of the body besides the fingertips to obtain blood for blood sugar testing. FORA® lancing device also lets you use blood samples from palm, forearm or upper arm, which are as accurate as fingertip testing.FORA® blood glucose meter systems allow you to obtain a blood sample from an alternative site such as your palm, forearm and upper arm.Notice: Alternative-site test is not fit for everyone, it may have some limitations if you have just taken insulin and:You think your blood glucose is low.The test results do not agree with how you feel.You have an ill feeling.You are unaware of symptoms when you become hypoglycemic.Alternative site results may be different than those from the fingertips when blood glucose levels are changing rapidly, such as after a meal or during and after exercise.
Sample size can affect the result. Always follow the instructions in the Owner’s Manual for applying blood to the test strip and make sure the blood sample has completely filled the test strip confirmation window.
For most FORA® blood glucose meters, to enter the control solution mode, insert the test strip into the meter and then press the “M” button. The word “CTL” appears on the screen. Other FORA models may vary. Please refer to your user manual for correct procedure.
No. What you are most likely noticing is the different way meters represent results. There are meters that give “plasma” results and meters that give “whole blood” results. You may notice this difference because you have purchased a new meter and are comparing it with your old one, or are comparing it with a lab test results you’ve received from your doctor. Many people expect that all blood glucose meters will give the exact same result, and expect that it will be the same as their lab test result. After all, they’re measuring the same thing-the amount of glucose in your blood, but meters and lab equipment measure different parts of the blood and therefore give seemingly different results.Other causes:Humidity or heat may have damaged the test strips.Expired or defective test strips.Insufficient amount and improper placement of blood on the test strips.The reading displayed on the meter is not within the normal range numbers printed on the strip vial label.The meter may have been dropped, or its electrical components may be worn out.Meters and laboratory equipment may be calibrated or set to measure blood glucose in different ways and will give different results.User error: Test strips may have been exposed to air longer than a few minutes.Solutions:Perform a quality control test to make sure your monitor is accurate and reliable.Follow set-up procedures by a health care professional; obtain professional training and guidance for the use of your particular meter.You can test your glucose level while your health care provider watches your technique to make sure you are using the meter correctly.Use test strips within 90 days after first opening or within18 months from production date.Storage condition for FORA® test strips are:FORA® COMFORT Blood Glucose Test Strips: 4°C to 40°C, 10% to 85% R.H;FORA® COMFORT G40 Blood Glucose Test Strips: 2°C to 30°C, 10% to 85% R.H;FORA® Diamond Blood Glucose Test Strips: 2°C to 30°C, below 85% R.H;FORA® Advanced pro GD40 Test Strips: 2°C to 30°C, below 85% R.H;FORA® 6 Blood Glucose Test Strips: 2°C to 30°C, below 90% R.H.Make sure the blood sample used for testing is capillary whole blood.Make sure the reading displayed on the meter is within the normal test range shown on the strips vial label.Make sure you are using fresh strips and supplies.Check your testing technique routinely with a professional.Follow the manufacturer’s meter instructions carefully.Don’t expose test strips to open air for more than a few minutes.
Control solution is used to check if the meter and test strips are properly working together as a system and that you are performing the test correctly. When you test a strip or meter using control solution instead of your blood, the number shown on the meter should be within the range printed on the label found on the vial where the strips came.
Several factors could influence the blood glucose readings.Residual alcohol on fingertip will cause falsely higher readings. So make sure either alcohol is air dry or wipe dry with gauze.If blood is smeared, the reading could become higher because the strip is collecting just serum, or lower if not enough blood is collected.Patient’s health conditions:a. Medications.b. Time and dose of insulin were administered.c. HCT level.d. Interference factors in diet, such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid), glutathione (antioxidant), and uric acid (for GDH strips).e. Hydration level for patients.Any recent food uptake will also increase the glucose readings. Therefore a fasting glucose would be recommended if need to compare to lab results.
You may be using a different control solution. Use ForaCare control solution only.Control solution may have expired. Discard 90 days after opening.Control solution should be at room temperature (20~25°C)You should follow step 2 to perform this test as shown in the owner’s manual.Gently shake the control solution, open it and place the vial cap on a flat surface. Discard the first drop and place the second drop on top of the vial cap and perform the test by touching the drop with the end of the strip at an angle.The test strip may be corrupt; repeat the test with a new test strip.
It is very possible your alarm has been set. To turn off alarm please follow the following steps:Remove cover to the battery.Press on “Set” button till you get to screen with small alarm icon on the screen.Screen will appear with ON or OFF alarm clock there are 4 different alarm settings.Turn off the alarm by pressing the main button to OFF on each alarm setting and pressing set button to proceed with next settings.
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Error message:E-b/ Err 36Battery power is too low to operate the meter. The meter will not operate until the batteries are replaced.Solution: You have to replace or charge the batteries soon.Error message: E-U/ Err 24Inserts a used test strip. Repeat the test with a new test strip. Blood sample is input before the symbol for blood blinks.Solution: Wait for the “blood drop” symbol to blink then re-test using a proper amount of blood.Error message: E-FStrip was removed soon after applying blood and not given enough time to be absorbed by the absorption hole.Solution: Repeat the test with a new test strip and wait for the test result.
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