We never wipe away the first drop either.. As long as her hand is clean I don't see a need, and actually if you do wipe away that first drop you need to be careful there is nothing on whatever you wipe with that would contaminate it.
K, 11yrs, dx 1/06 @35monthsPumping Since 7/06 w/ MM
PUMPING w/T:Slim 5/14
ApidraCeliac dx 5/08Cgms-ing 11/07
Dexcom G4 2/14Podding for 'tubing' breaks 4/11
We were not taught that nor did we see any of the nurses in the hospital do it that way.
I had a rep from Abbot talk about wiping away the first drop when she was demonstrating the Quickwik butterfly strips to me. Seems kind of counterproductive to advertise your meter/strips as requiring the smallest blood sample on the market only to have to wipe it away and squeeze the finger again!
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9 years, never wiped away the 1st drop, except if still wet from and alcohol pad. Use an alcohol pad about 80% of the time.
MM 530G, Dexcom G4
There was a recent study that showed that using the second drop of blood brought better results if the hands were not washed first. Alcohol doesn't cut it. If you've washed hands with soap and water, there's no need for a second drop.
dx age 17, now 25
on Lantus for 7 years; on minimed 530 G since 12/7/13
We don't, normally, wipe away the first blood sample unless there is good reason to. If he has squeezed exceptionally hard, where interstitial fluid might be a concern, then we will. But otherwise no. In other words, maybe once in a VERY great while.
We have found that washing with soap and water, if not completely dried, will dilute his bg levels, but it's kind of a "as warranted" basis. If he just washed his hands and we would expect him to be around 110 and he tests out at 45 then we just ensure that his hands are completely dry and do another test. KWIM? It just didn't make good sense.
23 y/o, Dx 12/02 Type 1
Pumping purple MM Veo
We were taught:
1) if using an alcohol wipe or antibacterial gel to clean hands, wipe away first drop and test with second drop, or
2) if washing with soap and water, just get finger nice and dry before testing on first drop.
My understanding is that they want to ensure that the alcohol is fully wiped away before taking the sample. Since we stopped using wipes within a month of dx, it hasn't been an issue at all...
...Calder - 19 - dx'd 10/1/08 pumping as of 4/2/09; Celiac dx'd 7/23/09
Former Animas Ping pumper, now on the Vibe since June 2015 (CGMing since September 2015)