Infection Prevention During Blood Glucose Monitoring

Over 26% of the adults age 65 or older have diabetes, which means many assisted living and residential care providers are caring for residents with diabetes who require blood glucose monitoring or insulin injections.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released guidelines designed to decrease the risk of infection when assisting with blood glucose monitoring and/or insulin administration.

The CDC recommendations include:

  • Fingerstick devices should never be used for more than one person
  • Whenever possible, blood glucose meters should not be shared.  If they must be shared, the device should be cleaned and disinfected after every use, per manufacturer’s instructions.  If the manufacturer does not specify how the device should be cleaned and disinfected then it should not be shared.
  • Insulin pens and other medication cartridges and syringes are for single-patient-use only and should never be used for more than one person

Click here to review the full CDC recommendations, which includes a review of potentially unsafe practices, and over twenty recommendations to improve safety.

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