Many diabetic patients are very familiar with blood glucose meters, and the brands of blood glucose meters are also diverse. So, what are the types of blood glucose meter test strips?
The change in blood glucose level is very important for people, and it always affects the health of the body. Therefore, the instrument for measuring blood glucose value is very concerned by patients. Many blood pressure patients have such a question when using the blood glucose meter, that is, how much is the price of the blood glucose meter?
We must strictly explain that once the test strip for blood glucose has expired, it must not be used again, but if many sugar friends find that it has just expired for a day or two, they think it is okay, and then continue to measure blood glucose. This is a mistake .
The shelf life of blood glucose test strips is generally within 18-24 months. If the expiration date is exceeded, then the test result of the test strip is generally reduced (because of enzyme inactivation). So after the blood glucose test paper expires, it can no longer be used.
Generally speaking, the current blood glucose test strips are mainly divided into two categories, one is an oxidase blood glucose test strip, and this type of test strip is generally valid for about 18 months. The other is a dehydrogenase blood glucose test strip, which is generally valid for more than one year. In addition, the specific expiration date of blood glucose test strips may be different for different brands of blood glucose test strips.
Just as the effect of most medical supplies will slowly decrease during storage, the effectiveness of blood glucose test strips will also slowly decrease, and when the effect of medical supplies is reduced to a certain degree, it will be medically considered ineffective. Therefore, you cannot continue to use the expired blood glucose test strips.
Blood glucose test strips are not universal. When we buy blood glucose test strips, because the blood glucose test strips and the blood glucose meter are used together, so what brand and model of your blood glucose meter should be purchased to match the brand model Blood glucose test strip product.
Blood glucose test strips should be stored in a dark, dry and sealed environment. It is best to store at room temperature, that is, between 10 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius. If the indoor temperature is too high, you can simply put the test paper in a clean plastic bag, put a desiccant, and put it in the refrigerator to refrigerate. However, after the test strip is removed, it must be cooled to room temperature before use.
Most of the shelf life of blood glucose test strips are actually 8 months, 12 months, or 18 months, and a few have 24 months. This is mainly for different brands. The shelf life of this time refers to the state that the blood glucose test paper is not opened in the packaging barrel. However, if the test paper is already opened, the shelf life is basically only three months.