It is very important to regularly clean your iGlucose Blood Glucose Meter. Indirect transmission of harmful pathogens such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) during the delivery of healthcare services has been increasingly reported. People using blood glucose monitoring systems have been identified as one risk group due to the shared use of the lancing devices that make the testing of blood glucose possible.
General care tips
- Keep your meter and test strip free of dust, water or any other liquid.
- Store the meter in the carrying case when not in use.
- If your meter is dropped or damaged, perform a quality control test with the control solution before performing a blood glucose test.
- The meter and lancing device should be cleaned before being disinfected.
- The cleaning and disinfecting procedure should be performed at least once per week.
- The cleaning procedure is to remove dust, blood and body fluid from the surface and should be performed whenever the meter or lancing device is visibly dirty.
- The disinfecting procedure is necessary to kill pathogens such as HBV on the housing materials of the device.
Note: Simply cleaning the device will not kill the harmful pathogens mentioned above.
- Important: If the meter is being operated by a second person who is providing testing assistance to the user, the meter and lancing device should be cleaned and disinfected prior to use by the second person.
Cleaning the Glucose Meter
Clean the outside of the meter with the clean damp cloth or disinfecting towelettes. Do not get the test strip port wet. Thoroughly wipe the entire surface of the meter, especially the strip port, face/display, housing and buttons with the CaviWipes Disinfecting Towelettes to clean any possible dirt, dust, blood and other body fluids.
Cleaning the Test Strip Port
If your test strip port is stained with blood, control solution or any liquid, please use a clean damp cloth listed below to clean it immediately. Do not immerse in water. Perform a quality control test [link needed] to ensure the iGlucose Blood Glucose Meter is working properly.
Cleaning the Lancing Device
Use a clean damp cloth or the disinfecting towlettes listed below to wipe the outside of the lancing device. To avoid rusting the internal spring, do not submerge the device in water or wash the device in the dishwasher.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
CaviWipes Disinfecting Towelettes may be used to clean and disinfect the meter and lancing device. Users may purchase the disinfecting wipes from the manufacturer (Metrex), distributors or major online retail sites such as www.amazon.com.
To purchase the disinfecting wipes from Metrex, please contact their customer service department at 1-800-841-1428 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the following references for further information:
-FDA Public Health Notification: Use of Finger stick Devices on More than One Person Poses Risk for Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens: Initial Communication” (2010). http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm224025.htm
- CDC Clinical Reminder: Use of Finger stick Devices on More than One Person Poses Risk for Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens” (2010). http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/Fingerstick-DevicesBGM.html