Diabetes Glucose Testing when Handwashing Facilities are not Available

A study published by Diabetes Care suggests that where handwashing facilities are not available but hands are socially clean and not contaminated with sugar, discarding the first drop of blood and testing glucose from the second drop may be more accurate. Having clean hands is still the gold standard to avoid contamination of the sample, but if handwashing is not possible, the first drop of blood will yield more inaccurate results than discarding the first drop and testing the second. The study also found that applying external pressure on figures could also affect the accuracy of results.

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