Keeping your diabetes testing supplies in good condition is essential. Then, you can help ensure that your diabetes is being properly monitored and controlled. Plus, you can save money if you are able to keep your supplies in good condition for as long as possible. If you follow these tips, you’re sure to find that your supplies will maintain a higher quality and will last a lot longer than if you didn’t pay much attention to them.
Watch Your Expiration Dates
First of all, keep an eye on the expiration dates for your insulin and medication; this information should be printed on the side of the bottle. Make sure that you do not use your medication after its expiration date. Also, keep your insulin and medication “rotated.” This means that you should store and use your insulin and medication in the order of oldest to newest. This will help prevent your supplies from becoming expired.
Keep Them Cool
Diabetes supplies should usually be kept cool for best results. Take a look at the bottle to determine what temperature it should be stored at. In many cases, insulin is best kept in the refrigerator. Even your blood glucose monitor should be kept out of extreme heat and should instead be kept where it is cool.
Watch Out for Changes
Before using your supplies, look out for any changes.
For example, you should always check your insulin to ensure that it isn’t changing in color or crystallizing. If you notice any changes with your insulin or medication, be safe and discontinue use.
Store and Dispose of Needles Properly
When testing your blood glucose levels multiple times a day, you probably go through a lot of needles. Make sure that you store them safely so that you won’t accidentally prick yourself and so that no one else will be hurt. It’s also important to invest in a needle storage container for your used needles. Used needles can easily stick through the trash bag and can cause you or someone else to get hurt. Along with being painful, these sticks can also be dangerous if you have an infection that could be spread through the needle. If you’re wondering how to best dispose of your needles, contact your local pharmacy; it might be willing to dispose of them for you.
Keep Spare Batteries on Hand
A blood glucose meter is extremely important to keep your blood glucose levels in check. Therefore, it’s important to keep spare batteries on hand; then, if your meter’s batteries die, you will be able to change them quickly and check your blood sugar as needed. In fact, you might even find that it’s a good idea to keep an extra monitor on hand for emergency situations.
Have Your Monitor Tuned-Up
When using your blood glucose monitor, pay attention to any abnormal readings. If your meter does not seem to be working correctly, take it to a technician to have it repaired. If this isn’t possible, you might need to replace your meter completely. Keep track of the paperwork that came with your meter; it should provide you with warranty and support information for having your meter repaired or replaced.
Taking good care of your diabetes supplies is important. Luckily, if you follow these tips, it will be a breeze.