Sports First Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Blood Sugar Testing

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What we are going to do now is talk to Di, who is a diabetic, on the actual kit that she is using, how she would test her blood sugar and the sort of intervals. So Di, could you show us the kit that you are actually using?

You would always carry that kit with you, would you?

Pretty much so, yeah.

And how regularly would you test your blood?

I do mine a couple of times a day, first thing in the morning and sometimes during the evening after an evening meal.

And then other diabetics would have different patterns according to them?

They would depend on how much insulin they have to take.

And in an emergency situation, you would maybe do it again if you started feeling unwell?

Oh yes, if I start to feel unwell, I would grab it and do another one.

Can you show us the components for your kit?

Yeah. In here are the testing strips, which come like that. And that bit goes into the top there, then you take your needle, prime it, and then click. And then the blood comes out and you lay that on there until that strip has absolutely filled and then just wait for it to register on the screen.

So, that is showing your sugar levels are now 5.1.

5.1, which is pretty good. And then you can also register whether it is before a meal, or after a meal because it does make a difference. If you are low before a meal then that is fine. If you are that after a meal, then that is a little bit low. It needs to go up a little bit more before it comes down again.

Would you store data on this as well?


So the doctors... Would you download that and keep that or is it just if you need it?

You can do. You can download it. I do not think this particular model you can, but some of them you can plug into a computer and keep a track on that, but this stores the information so you can go to your doctor and show them.

So from a first aid or emergency perspective, we could look at the previous ratings you have had...

You could.

Maybe even for the last week or whatever...

Yep. Absolutely.

And see what is what.

Absolutely. And then you have got the results log, that will show you the one I have just done, and that was at 7:20 this morning when I got up. And then you can scroll down for weeks.

So, in an emergency situation, we might do this slightly different because the responder has got the blood-sugar tester, but they would need independent lances to actually take the blood, so they would use a lance like this, which you can prime and pop on the finger and take the blood. Once you have dealt with this, you can dispose of it correctly in the hazardous waste. With Di, she would... The tester is just for her. So at the end of when you need to dispose of stuff and change the needles, how would you then dispose of those?

I have got one of the hazardous boxes at home that I put it in. When that is full, take it to the chemist and they give you a new one.

So it is very similar to that with the first-aid side, that we would put our rubbish in the hazardous waste, and then we can dispose of it correctly and safely. This is one type of pricking device. There are lots of different types. And also there are lots of different brands of blood-sugar testers, so make sure you read the instructions and follow them very clearly.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO2.1, 2.2, 2.3 & 2.4