GLUCOCARD Shine test strips are part of the GlucoCard family of blood glucose monitoring systems made by Arkray – one of the leading manufacturers of the diabetic glucose testing products. In this article we are going to review all the information you need to begin testing at home or on the go using one of the GLUCOCARD glucose monitors and the Shine test strips.
GLUCOCARD Shine is lately on the spotlight because when paired with the GLUCOCARD Shine Connex meter it can transfer the test results fast and easy to your phone or computer using the Bluetooth technology. Wireless Bluetooth technology connects the meter to a cloud-based portal through ARK Care VITA app you download onto your smartphone. The ARK Care VITA app makes test results available at any time on your iOS/Android compatible phone, thus removing the need for the traditional logbooks.
***The content in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute any medical procedure or professional advice. For most accurate information please contact Arkray support line.
The Purpose of Use
GLUCOCARD Shine blood glucose test strips are designed for self-monitoring of blood glucose levels by individuals who have diabetes. To perform a test a blood sample must be obtained from the fingertips or an alternate testing site. The Alternate Site Testing (AST) typically involves other suitable places on the body other than finger tips. The most common alternate sites are the forearm, palm, thigh, and calf, but it could vary from person to person. To find out the approved alternate sites for GLUCOCARD Shine please refer your user manual or contact the Arkray support line.
Always consult with your healthcare providers before using alternate sites.
Compatible Glucose Monitors
GLUCOCARD Shine test strips are compatible with the GLUCOCARD Shine, GLUCOCARD Shine XL, GLUCOCARD Shine Connex, and GLUCOCARD Shine Express blood glucose monitors. Using the GLUCOCARD Shine test strips with any other glucose monitor brands may produce false readings.
For In Vitro Testing
GLUCOCARD Shine test strips and its compatible monitors are for self-testing outside the body (in vitro) by a single user only. Whether at home or on the go you should never share your monitoring system with anyone else.
Glucose Measurement Process
Each Shine test strip contains a tiny amount of chemical that reacts with the glucose present in the blood sample. The reaction produces a small electrical current. The glucose meter detects the current and translates into a number that you can use to assess your blood glucose levels.
It’s important to know the testing principle behind your glucose monitor. The more you know about your system the better you can maintain it. Proper maintenance ensures that your system is working properly.
Obtaining a Blood Sample
To obtained a blood sample you will need a lancing device and its compatible lancet to prick the skin. You can use the Arkray’s Techlite lancets or choose universal lancets that work with most lancing devices.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to obtain a sample. At least 0.5 µL is needed to perform a test.
- If your lancing device has adjustable depth set it your comfortable level.
- Always wash your hands and the test site with soap and warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
- If you’re traveling it’s a good idea to take some sanitizing tissues to prep the test site, you can use the PandaPod. PandaPods are both a dry wipe to sanitize the skin and a blotter to clean up afterwards.
Understanding the Test Results
Upon applying the sample to the strip the meter will display a reading. Follow the manufacturer’s user manual to determine whether your glucose level is normal, high or low. The meter will alert you if your test results are severely low or high. In such a case repeat the test again using a new strip. If the result is the same contact your healthcare professionals immediately or call 911 for urgent help.
Refer to the American Diabetes Association for glucose testing definition, tips and target ranges.
Ensuring that Your Meter and GLUCOCARD Shine Strips Are Working Properly
To ensure your GLUCOCARD Shine test strips and meter are working properly use the GLUCOCARD Shine control solution to perform a test. The test results using a control solution should fall within the range shown on your test strips vial. If your control solution testing results fall outside the expected range contact the Arkray support line for assistance.
- The ranges are printed on your strips vial not on the solution vial.
It’s important to note that there could be several reasons why your control solution test results fall outside the expected range, the most common of which is damaged or expired test strips. To learn more refer to solution testing section of your user GLUCOCARD Shine user manual.
Storage and Handling
- Store your GLUCOCARD Shine test strips only in their original vial in a cool and dry place between 34-86°F and 20-80% relative humidity.
- Keep the vial away from direct sunlight and heat. Do not freeze test strips or vial.
- Use the strips immediately after taking it out of the vial
- Close vial cap tightly immediately to avoid getting any liquid or moisture in the vial.
- Always wash your hands before handling the strips.
- Do not bend, cut, or alter the GLUCOCARD Shine testing strips.
- Use all the test strips within the expiration date printed on the vial label.
To learn more refer to the manufacturer’s instruction in your user manual.
The GLUCOCARD shine blood glucose monitoring system is proven to deliver accurate test results. Ultimately the performance of the system depends on how well the system is maintained. Always follow the user manual for performance check and don’t forget to check out the troubleshooting section should you run into any issues.
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