Cholesterol Monitors

Cholesterol Monitors

Cholesterol Monitors are among the most highly in-demand medical devices utilized for home or personal use. Cholesterol monitors are instruments used to monitor the overall cholesterol level of a person. While these monitors are not designed to replace the function and efficacy of physicians, they provide a convenient tool for those suffering from high cholesterol. Cholesterol monitors greatly decrease the number of trips a patient needs to make to their physician to track and examine their cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol monitors offer convenience and usability to consumers. They are easy to use and not technically complicated. There is also no need to fast before the test. Of course, it is always advisable to read the instructions carefully before utilizing any home cholesterol monitors. The good news is that almost all home monitors work in the same manner and there are no difficult step-by-step instructions.

Below are some important points to effectively use cholesterol monitors. First of all, make sure that the cholesterol monitor has batteries. After making sure that it has batteries, you need to calibrate it. You'll see the calibration packet alongside the other initial batch of test packets. Insert the calibration packet in to the slot of the monitor. This slot can be found on the bottom right of the cholesterol monitor. If it is not there, you can easily check on the manual to get more information. The next thing you need is the finger lance. You can easily do this by unscrewing the top of the lancet holder and inserting the needle or lancet holder onto your fingertip. Since a drop is all you need, just go as deep as you are comfortable with. Finally turn on the monitor and insert the test strip into the appropriate slot.

Before pricking your finger to get blood, remember to wash your hands first with soap and water so not to contaminate the blood with any particles or dirt. Also, disinfect the finger that you will be lancing with alcohol. These materials are generally provided with the home monitoring kit.

Here comes the quick and slightly painful part. Squeeze your finger until a pool of blood is present on the fingertip that you have cleaned with alcohol. Then take the lancing device and pierce your fingertip. Squeeze the small amount of blood on your fingertip and put it onto the test strip, making sure not to have contact with the strip. Be sure that the strip is totally filled with blood to get an accurate measure.