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Hi Reading On Diabetes Monitor [archive] - Sheffield Forum

Hi Reading On Diabetes Monitor [archive] - Sheffield Forum

Do any of you have an Optium Xceed diabetes monitor? I've just done my blood sugars and it just came back with a reading of HI I thought this meant your bs was over 25.0 is this correct, if so what do I do? I have gestational diabetes and I'm taking insulin. I've phoned Jessops but the midwife said she'd ask a Dr to ring me at some point as she knows nothing about blood sugar. In the mean time I'd like some advice! A reading of 'hi' on any sugar monitor means that your sugars are higher than their reference points and I think you should be speaking to a doctor as soon as possible. In your position I think I'd be ringing NHS direct or the out of hours doctors number and then getting back to the midwife at the Jessops and requesting to speak to a doctor with some urgency. The risk is that with the amount of glucose in your blood now you will have precious little left by the end of the night and will end up in a hypo. I've just checked my manual and it says you should call your healthcare professional immediately - so I'd call them back. Medusa...I don't want to contradict you-as your advice on course of action, I agree with. However, 'hypo' refers to low blood glucose readings, and the OP's reading is high-'hyper'. Just wanted to clarify, so that the OP is aware. It's probably wrong because you wouldn't be posting on SF with such a high blood sugar level! Have you got a backup test such as BM sticks? When did you last eat and what did you have? What was your last reading and when did you take it? How often are you checking - and is there a dramatic difference? Edit: I know it might sound dumb - but be sure to always wash your hands thoroughly before testing - any residue of anything sweet can be injected with the needle and affect the reading. Your meter has determined t Continue reading >>

Meter Reading Of High

Meter Reading Of High

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. What does it mean when your meter reading simply says high? I am worried to death about my husband. Please help. For the One Touch meters, a reading of "High" means a blood glucose level of over 600 which is considered a medical emergency. Did he test more than once? Did he also perform a control test (with the control solution) to make sure the meter is functioning correctly? Double check to make sure the code on the strip container matches the code on the meter (if the meter requires one)? There are quite a few things you can do to ensure that the reading is accurate before panicking. If it does turn out that he's consistently getting the "High" as a reading after doing the above and re-testing a couple of times, you should insist he contact his doctor immediately. if he's still reading 'high' then you need to take him to hospital to get those bg levels down I ate a banana today and had a reading of 505. That didn't quite compute so I washed my hands. I was 250. I didn't think I bolused enough for the banana, which was why I was testing. But even so, 250 is a lot better than 505! So, yes. wash his hands. If he's getting HI numbers a lot, or a HI is not going down even after treatment (which means insulin, if he doesn't have insulin you need to get to a doctor who does have it). It's time for an emergency visit. I've had the odd HI as I've learned about this D thing, and it's not fun. Feels yucky and you simply can't drink enough water! But mine always were attributed to something obvious. Too much to drink, forgetting insulin, crazy food. things like that. And they always came down within a Continue reading >>

Ketones...what Are They? And What Do They Mean?

Ketones...what Are They? And What Do They Mean?

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a very dangerous condition in which consistently high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) cause toxic compounds (called ketones) to build up in your blood and urine. You should test your urine or blood for ketones in any of the following situations: Your blood sugar is higher than 15 mmol/L You have symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) such as frequent urination, extreme thirst, nausea/vomiting, confusion, and fruit-smelling breath You are sick and are not eating or drinking well and/or nauseated and vomiting One can test for ketones in the urine or the blood. Urine ketone strips can be bought without a prescription and turn a dark colour after 15 seconds once dipped into urine. The amount of ketones is indicated by how dark the strip turns. This is usually the way a woman with gestational diabetes tests her urine. Another method which is more accurate in distinguishing the type of ketones, that is, either lack of insulin or starvation, is to test the blood. There are some meters that have strips, very similar to blood glucose testing strips, that will indicate the level of ketones. People with type 1 diabetes and particularly children and their families, are often taught this type of ketone testing. Early treatment can help you avoid hospitalization or developing DKA. Speak to your healthcare team to come up with a plan to manage high ketones. If you cannot manage high ketones on your own, it is important to seek medical treatment which can include: Intravenous (IV) fluid replacement: it is important to rehydrate with fluids to help dilute extra sugar in your blood. Electrolyte replacement: when a person has high ketones or DKA, their electrolyte levels (such as potassium, and sodium) tend to be low. It is important to replenish electrolytes Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Readings: What They Mean

Blood Glucose Readings: What They Mean

Source: Web exclusive: June 2011 When you have diabetes, perhaps the most important thing you need to know is the level of your blood glucose, also known as your blood sugar. Since many factors can raise or lower your blood glucose, you may have to check it several times a day. But once you obtain a blood glucose reading, what exactly does it mean? Crunch those numbers When you test a drop of your blood with a glucose meter, the big number that pops onto the screen refers to the number of millimoles (mmol) of glucose per litre (L) of your blood. A millimole (mmol) is one-thousandth of a mole, which is a standard unit for measuring the mass of molecules. And if that’s not already confusing enough, the United States uses a completely different system than Canadians for measuring blood glucose. South of the border, blood glucose is measured in milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL). This can sometimes be rather bewildering, especially if you’re brand new to diabetes and researching your disease on the Internet. “I tell people to go to a Canadian site first,” says Tabitha Palmer, a certified diabetes educator at the Centre for Clinical Research in Halifax. Know your targets So what numbers should you be looking for? Your target reading before meals should be between 4 and 7. Your blood sugar normally spikes two hours after a meal, so between 5 and 10 is a good range after you eat. Besides food, other factors that can cause your blood sugar to go up or down include exercise, illness, medications and stress. Your blood glucose readings are hands-down the best way to monitor whether or not your diabetes is generally well managed. "They really help the physicians and educators if we’re trying to look at whether you need to have your medication, insulin or mealtime adjusted, Continue reading >>

Accuchek Performa Unusual Test Results ( Hi / Lo )

Accuchek Performa Unusual Test Results ( Hi / Lo )

Accuchek Performa Glucometer shows some unusual results. Most of the common people they don’t know what it is and what they want to do. HI Blood glucose may be higher than the measuring range of the system. If the result showing “HI” Your blood glucose maybe over 600mg ( 33.3mmol/L ) The high blood sugar is also called Hyperglycaemia. This is an emergency. Especially if you aren’t already diagnosed with diabetes or under a doctor’s care. It’s an emergency not because those very high blood sugars will lead to complications. two different disorders that can occur when your blood sugar is very high that can kill you within hours. One is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This is a condition that usually occurs in people who are not making any insulin at all. Usually this means someone with a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. The symptoms of DKA are high blood sugars (300 mg/dl or higher ) and excessive thirst, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, Abdominal pain, loss of appetite, Weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, fruity-scented breath, and confusion. Under medical supervision DKA can managed by intravenous insulin and fluids. The other dangerous condition associated with very high blood sugars is the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic State.(HHS) Untreated this condition leads to coma and death. HHS may develop over a course of days or weeks, unlike DKA which develops suddenly. Symptoms include very high blood sugar (over 600 mg/dl) and: drowsiness and lethargy, delirium, coma, seizures, visual changes or disturbances, hemiparesis (one sided paralysis), and sensory deficits. Patients with HHS do not typically report abdominal pain, which is often seen in DKA. ———————– LO Blood glucose may be lower than the measuring range of the system. Also known as Continue reading >>

What Does It Mean When The Bd Blood Sugar Montior Reads Hi

What Does It Mean When The Bd Blood Sugar Montior Reads Hi

HealthBoards > Immune & Autoimmune > Diabetes > what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi Re: what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi Knowing that meters accuracy, it probably means something to the effect of you're bs is 97. All kidding aside, verify the reading, and if it's right, it means like over 600 so correct if you have fast acting insulin, otherwise get ye to the ER. Type 1 diabetes- Paradigm 523 w/ Humalog and RT Sensor Severe GERD and Gastroparesis- Prevacid, Domperidone, Zofran & Carafate as needed Asthma- Advair 500/50, Qvar, Albuterol, Singular, Xolair Re: what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi When it reads HI it is usually indicative of a meter error. If not, then you are close to death. See a physican. But I would test with another meter immediately following the HI. Re: what does it mean when the bd blood sugar montior reads hi If your meter reads "HI", then you should wash your hands and check it again. If it still reads high, that means your glucose is over 600 (over 33 mmol) and you need to call your doctor and go to the emergency room. If you are not already in DKA, then you are certainly well on your way. Continue reading >>

What Do I Do If My Glucometer (diabetes Meter) Reads

What Do I Do If My Glucometer (diabetes Meter) Reads "hi"?

What do I do if my glucometer (diabetes meter) reads "HI"? Wash hands try again when she reads the table always calls you will always be high dr. If you anotyher meter to check that one, but if not, call your doctor or go to the Emergency Room Re-test, and if she still reads high, you should call your doctor. The meter is normally read-only Hi, if your blood sugar is 500 + range, which is dangerous. If you are a bit sleepy or confused, call 911 with your doctor, you should reduce your blood sugar in the blood, insulin is the best choice for your normal blood, exercise and healthy diet also recommend doing. say "hi" back! jk, jk. Seriously. Wash your hands, so double-check. a check on a finger and another on the other (safer). if it still says "Hello", so there are at least 500 (or 600, depending on the meter). Take lots of insulin and eat only foods without carbohydrates (meat, cheese, eggs. These things) for the next few hours. Exercise lowers blood sugar, but not much. I would not recommend it, and I'm sure the doctor does not want, but alcohol (mainly wine and beer in carbohydrates) is lower as well (this is a moment of desperation and desperate measures are required) if you did any of the above and he is going down in all of 1-2 hours to get a doctor (and do not say he had alcohol lol). I hope you will take care of it. Continue reading >>

Is There A Glucose Meter That Read A Higher Than 600mg/dl?

Is There A Glucose Meter That Read A Higher Than 600mg/dl?

Portable glucometers are designed for self-monitoring blood glucose levels for patients. They are deliberately topped off at 600mg/dl for two reasons: 1) not accurate enough; 2) if a patient is hyperglycemic enough to reach near the top limit, he or she ought to be seeing a physician long before getting to that level. To answer your question specifically, no there are no portable glucometers that exceed 600mg/dl that I can recall. If someone recently has introduced a meter that is independent of hematocrit, allowing you to dilute the blood sample, you should be able to read as high a reading as you wish. In the absence of the above option, if you have access to a clinical lab style machine or a bench-top Beckman Glucometer, which uses glucose oxidase reagent, you can measure any level you wish by simply diluting the sample and keeping track of dilution factor - claimed reliable range in this machine is 20-400mg/dl but I have not had much of an issue up to over 600mg/dl. Of course, with dilutions, there is no limit. Caveat: you will need larger volume of blood sample and it works more reliably if you separate serum/plasma from the cells by spinning the blood. [Come to think of it, there was a portable glucometer designed by one of our faculty members over a couple of decades ago, which used a membrane with glucose oxidase and the system worked remarkably well with no practical limits (I used it up to 1200mg/dl). Eli Lilli bough the rights to produce it consumers but shelfed it because it really worked way too well and did not require any consumable supplies. The membrane lasted well over a year, the only other solution required was glucose to standardize the meter (depending on the concentration of glucose in standard, one could have a reliable reading range of their cho Continue reading >>

High Glucose: What It Means And How To Treat It

High Glucose: What It Means And How To Treat It

What is high blood glucose? People who do not have diabetes typically have fasting plasma blood glucose levels that run under 126 mg/dl. Your physician will define for you what your target blood glucose should be — identifying a blood glucose target that is as close to normal as possible that you can safely achieve given your overall medical health. In general, high blood glucose, also called 'hyperglycemia', is considered "high" when it is 160 mg/dl or above your individual blood glucose target. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider what he or she thinks is a safe target for you for blood glucose before and after meals. If your blood glucose runs high for long periods of time, this can pose significant problems for you long-term — increased risk of complications, such as eye disease, kidney disease, heart attacks and strokes and more. High blood glucose can pose health problems in the short-term as well. Your treatment plan may need adjustment if the blood glucose stays over 180 mg/dl for 3 days in a row. It is important to aim to keep your blood glucose under control, and treat hyperglycemia when it occurs. What are the symptoms of high blood glucose? Increased thirst Increased urination Dry mouth or skin Tiredness or fatigue Blurred vision More frequent infections Slow healing cuts and sores Unexplained weight loss What causes high blood glucose? Too much food Too little exercise or physical activity Skipped or not enough diabetes pills or insulin Insulin that has spoiled after being exposed to extreme heat or freezing cold Stress, illness, infection, injury or surgery A blood glucose meter that is not reading accurately What should you do for high blood glucose? Be sure to drink plenty of water. It is recommended to drink a minimum of 8 glasses each day. If yo Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Monitors: What Factors Affect Accuracy?

Blood Glucose Monitors: What Factors Affect Accuracy?

Sometimes my blood glucose monitor seems to give incorrect readings. What can I do to make sure the measurement is accurate? Answers from M. Regina Castro, M.D. When used correctly, blood glucose monitors — small devices that measure and display your blood sugar level — are usually accurate. But occasionally they may be incorrect. Consider these factors that affect meter accuracy and the steps to resolve or prevent the problem: Factors that affect accuracy Solutions Test strip problems Throw out damaged or outdated test strips. Store strips in their sealed container; keep them away from heat, moisture and humidity. Be sure the strips are meant for your specific glucose meter. Extreme temperatures Keep your glucose meter and test strips at room temperature. Alcohol, dirt or other substances on your skin Wash and dry your hands and the testing site thoroughly before pricking your skin. Improper coding Some meters must be coded to each container of test strips. Be sure the code number in the device matches the code number on the test strip container. Monitor problems Fully insert the test strip into the monitor. Replace the monitor batteries as needed. Not enough blood applied to the test strip Touch a generous drop of blood to the test strip. Don't add more blood to the test strip after the first drop is applied. Testing site location If you're using a site other than your fingertip and you think the reading is wrong, test again using blood from a fingertip. Blood samples from alternate sites aren't as accurate as fingertip samples when your blood sugar level is rising or falling quickly. The amount of red blood cells in your blood If you are dehydrated or your red blood cell count is low (anemia), your test results may be less accurate. Blood glucose monitor quality Continue reading >>

High? What Your Glucose Meter May Know, But Isn't Sharing

High? What Your Glucose Meter May Know, But Isn't Sharing

Your glucose meter might be keeping secrets from you. If and when you see a message on the screen alerting you to a "High" blood sugar, the meter probably knows more than it's telling you, as in the exact numerical value associated with that warning. But the device makers decided that we don't need that information... This came to light (in our brains, at least) following the March 25 announcement that almost two million LifeScan OneTouch VerioIQ meters were being recalled across the globe. LifeScan issued warnings on three brands of its OneTouch meters, totaling over 1.8 million meters worldwide! About 90,000 of its popular VerioIQ meters here in the U.S., part of the 1.2 million of those meters sold globally, and two brands sold outside the States: the OneTouch® Verio®Pro consumer meter and VerioPro+ professional meter. The reason for the recall? The meter software isn't properly registering extremely high blood sugars. At a certain point the meter shuts down with no warning and without alerting you to the hyperglycemic danger. The number you have to reach for this to happen: 1024 mg/dL (or 56.8 mmol to those outside the U.S.)! Geez, the number 1024 is oddly specific... Like many meters, LifeScan's units only show a numerical value for anything between 20-600, while anything outside that range just displays an "Extreme Low Glucose (below 20 mg/dL)" or "Extreme High Glucose (above 600 mg/dL)" message. So, who would have thought the meter actually knows when you've tipped past 1023? Maybe our meters are smarter than we give them credit for, despite the fact that they're sometimes a bit off thanks to that pesky +/-20% accuracy standard that we don't think is good enough. Why No Numbers? LifeScan confirmed our suspicions: Yes, their meters can track your blood sugar's n Continue reading >>

What Do You Do When The Meter Reads Hi?

What Do You Do When The Meter Reads Hi?

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More. DD just had her first HI reading ever. She washed her hands and checked again, and it was still HI. I wasn't here, but my dh changed her set and gave a correction. She was on her first Mio ever (6 mm, on her bum), and we suspect it went bad or pulled partway out; when he changed it, he put in a Silhouette, which is what she's always used before. I think he then gave a correction based on an assumed BG of 600. Checked blood ketones and head a measurement of 0.2, so no immediate problem there. - If the meter reads HI, how do you calculate the correction? - Do you do anything else besides change the set and encourage water? DD just had her first HI reading ever. She washed her hands and checked again, and it was still HI. I wasn't here, but my dh changed her set and gave a correction. She was on her first Mio ever (6 mm, on her bum), and we suspect it went bad or pulled partway out; when he changed it, he put in a Silhouette, which is what she's always used before. I think he then gave a correction based on an assumed BG of 600. Checked blood ketones and head a measurement of 0.2, so no immediate problem there. - If the meter reads HI, how do you calculate the correction? - Do you do anything else besides change the set and encourage water? For general highs that can't be explained by food or other problems we give a correction via shot first, then change set. I always think it's wise to KNOW the insulin is going in when that high. We've not had a HI, so I can't help on the calculation part, sorry. Hope things settle quickly. Correcting for 600 was the right thing to do, but it should be done via shot.. with .2 ketones that's a pretty good sign that the high is from Continue reading >>

Ask Dr. Joi – Questions About Glucose Meters From Our Readers

Ask Dr. Joi – Questions About Glucose Meters From Our Readers

Interacting with ADW customers is one of the best parts of my job. As the staff veterinarian at ADW, I get great access to lots of diabetic pet owners and then I can translate our talks into newsletters that may be of value to all of you. Here is a small sampling of the email encounters I’ve had in just the last few days. Maybe you, too, will pick up something new. What does it mean when a glucose meter reads “hi” or “lo”? When a glucose meter gives the reading “hi” or “high” it means that the glucose level is above whatever maximum level the meter can read. In the past, most meters topped out at about 500 mg/dl. The AlphaTRAK 2 meter can read up to levels of 750 mg/dl. Honestly, any number over 500 is not good! If a meter reads “lo” it probably is below 20 mg/dl. You need to read the fine print of whichever meter you use, but for most meters “lo” is 20 or less. This, too, is a crummy and dangerous number to have! Does the number on the test strip bottle have anything to do with the glucose level? I hadn’t ever thought too closely as to why various batches (both human and pet calibrated meters) are coded differently. This client had a good question! For decades I had simply accepted that we just do it – change the code for a new bottle or change the code to match the number for the species on the bottle. The coding has to do with the calibration for that batch of test strips. It is certainly a potential source of error if the user doesn’t change the code when a new batch of test strips is opened. Some human glucose meters are getting away from changing the code bottle to bottle and I imagine that, in time pet glucose meters will follow suit. Nonetheless, for the pet glucose meters you need to code for the species (ie the AlphaTRAK meter) Continue reading >>

Lo And Hi Readings - Abbott Freestyle Lite Owner's Booklet [page 20]

Lo And Hi Readings - Abbott Freestyle Lite Owner's Booklet [page 20]

Important: Low or high blood glucose readings can indicate a potentially serious medical condition. The FreeStyle Lite Meter displays results from If your test result is lower than 20 mg/dL, LO will appear on the meter display screen. This reading indicates severe hypoglycemia (low blood If you get a LO reading, but have no symptoms of low blood glucose, then retest with a new test strip on your fingers. If you still get a LO reading, follow your doctor's recommendation to treat hypoglycemia. If your test is above 500 mg/dL, HI will appear on the display screen. This indicates severe hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). If you get a HI reading, but have no symptoms of high blood glucose, then retest with a new test strip. If you still get a HI reading, follow your doctor's recommendation to treat hyperglycemia. If you have a LO reading and have symptoms headache or confusion, then follow your doctor's If you feel symptoms such as fatigue, thirst, excess urination, or blurry vision, then follow your doctor's recommendation to treat hyperglycemia. Continue reading >>

What Does It Mean When My Meter Says Hi? | Yahoo Answers

What Does It Mean When My Meter Says Hi? | Yahoo Answers

How high is my blood sugar at to get to the point where it cant even read my blood sugar. I have an accu check nano. I have checked it three times and it... show more How high is my blood sugar at to get to the point where it cant even read my blood sugar. I have an accu check nano. I have checked it three times and it keeps on telling me HI. I'm not sure of the range that an Accu Chek Nano blood glucose meter can read, my friend, but my own meter can read up to 33.3 mmol/l (599.4 mg/dL) before it starts registering ''Hi'. This indicates that your blood sugar (glucose) control is way out of control. You urgently need to get to hospital, unless you know what your own correction boluses are for insulin doses. You definitely also need to be testing for ketones, as if they are present, this would alter the correction bolus that you must administer. If you don't know the ratios by which you need to increase your insulin dose(s) you need to get in touch with either your own doctor or an on-call emergency physician ... preferably an endocrinologist ... at your local ER. Continue reading >>

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