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simulated blood sugars
by Darlene Rogers - Thursday, September 18, 2008, 12:58 PM

I have found an easy way to actually take a blood sugar on your manikin.

Soak a very small piece of gauze in the control liquid from your glucometer.  Put this gauze on your manikin's finger and cover with tegaderm.  Students can stick the gauze with the lancet and squeeze out a drop of fluid onto the glucometer strip.  I have tried putting a drop of blood concentrate on the gauze to make it more believable, but it is very messy and dilutes the control liquid.  Good luck!

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Re: simulated blood sugars
by Polly Roll - Thursday, November 20, 2008, 8:32 AM
Another idea- I have filled the syringe of a syringe pump with a glucose solution, run the microbore tubing to the mannequin's finger, and taped it in place. The solution can be tinted red. When the student is to obtain the blood sugar, turn on the pump and the "blood" will slowly drip. If tinting red, make sure to pad the finger to prevent discoloring the hand.
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Re: simulated blood sugars
by durcilla williams - Friday, March 20, 2009, 3:10 AM

THanks So much Polly Rolle for your ideas

I have been wreaking my mind for ideas on how to get an actual blood sugar for the diabetic maternaty patinet.  I will use this with my OB simulations

Durcilla K Williams, MSN, RN

Odessa College, Odessa, TX

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Re: simulated blood sugars
by Susan Olson - Thursday, September 17, 2009, 5:12 PM

Did you know the new Susie and Noelle from Gaumard has a fingerstick blood sugar capability?

I am looking at the new Susie in October.

Susan Olson, R.N., M.S.N.
Simulation Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
McLennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
254 299-8744 (Office)
254-299-8747 (Fax)