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use of glucometers in nursing lab
by Sheryl Scott - Thursday, December 10, 2009, 4:11 PM
 

I am wondering if nursing labs typically have glucometers for students to practice on. If so, do your students stick each other to obtain a sample or are there other methods used for students to get this experience without using a real blood sample?

Thanks!

 
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Re: use of glucometers in nursing lab
by Gerald Songer - Monday, January 4, 2010, 2:28 PM
 

We have the students stick each other for a 'skill check off.'

During simulation I use a 4x6 index card that I have the blood sugar reading pre-written for the scenario out for the student.

The student will go through the correct steps of doing the finger stick on the simulator; then they will go to a predetermined area (usually where the glucometer is located) where I have the 4x6 index card placed face down and they turn it over to get their results.

It's not the best method but it is a method that works for me.

Hope this helps.

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Re: use of glucometers in nursing lab
by Kari Congenie - Monday, January 4, 2010, 4:04 PM
 
Thanks!
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Re: use of glucometers in nursing lab
by Steve Jordan - Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:56 AM
 
You can take some guaze and soak it in the controls solution....either hi or low, whatever you want for your scenerio. Attach it to the Simman's finger with either an op-site or band aid. Let the students stick that and get a drop for their reading.
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Re: use of glucometers in nursing lab
by Kari Congenie - Monday, January 11, 2010, 1:46 PM
 
Great idea! Thanks!