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How to Calibrate a Blood Glucose Meter

Having a little trouble calibrating your blood glucose meter? Follow the generic steps below to get it all setup. You typically need to calibrate your meter the first time you use the meter or every time you use a new vial of test strips or a new test disc. Refer to your user manual for specific issues.

Meters with Manual Calibration

  1. Find the coding number on the test strip vial. It should be printed in bold on the outside of the vial.
  2. Turn on your blood glucose meter by pressing the power button. If there is no power button, insert a test strip into the meter, pushing as far as you can go without bending the strip.
  3. Enter the coding number into the meter by using the buttons on the meter. Once you have the correct number, hit the “OK” button on the meter. Make sure that your meter recognizes the coding number – this is usually done by removing the test strips and inserting a new one.

Your meter will now be calibrated, and you are ready to go. Happy testing!

Meters with Automatic Calibration

    1. Turn on your blood glucose meter by pressing the power button.
    2. Insert the test disc into your meter by opening the meter. After you finish, close the meter.
    3. Your meter will now be calibrated, and you are ready to go. Happy testing!

Tips!

You may need to test once with control solution to confirm calibration. Simply substitute control solution for the amount of blood you usually test with. This should be done in the “test” setting if there is is one.
Make sure both the test strips and meters are not expired – they lose accuracy so you cannot rely on the numbers
Review your user manual if possible
Some models might

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 3-26-2013, 2:00 PM

2 Responses to “How to Calibrate a Blood Glucose Meter”

  1. Jean Park says:

    It is indeed very important to regularly calibrate a blood glucose meter in order to be sure that this would give excellent and reliable results. This post helps so much. The guides are perfect to those who are using meters with manual and automatic calibration. Thanks for posting!

    • James says:

      Hi Jean,
      Glad you found this article helpful. As you mentioned, it’s extremely important to regularly calibrate your meter to get precise test results. Precise results help better control diabetes.

      - James

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