Blood glucose meters are commonly used by people with diabetes for monitoring the glucose levels in their blood. They are normally prescribed by a healthcare professional such as a GP or a diabetic specialist.
Blood glucose meters do not diagnose diabetes. Only blood tests at a hospital laboratory can do this. The meters monitor the glucose levels in your blood and give information to guide your treatment. Your doctor will confirm your blood glucose level with a hospital laboratory test when making important changes to your treatment.
Blood glucose meters use test strips to measure glucose levels. The meters can also store your previous test results for review.
There are several types of meters with different features. Please make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular meter. These are outlined in the booklet that comes with the meter.
A member of your diabetes care team should train you correctly before you start using your meter.
It is important that you use your meter correctly to make sure that your blood glucose result is accurate. Here is a list of tips for using your blood glucose meter safely.
How to report an incident to the HPRA
If a medical device poses a risk to your health and safety stop using it where possible and please report the problem to your healthcare provider, the HPRA and the manufacturer of the device. You should report any unexpected problem or malfunction that may affect your health or cause or contribute to an injury, for example a blood glucose meter giving an incorrect blood glucose reading, leading to incorrect treatment.
You can report incidents to the HPRA by filling in our online user report form. If you would prefer to fill out a printed copy of the form, you can download it from our website or request a copy by phone or e-mail.
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