FAQ for ForaCare Glucose Meters

  • Can hematocrit levels affect the result?

    Can hematocrit levels affect the result? Hematocrit levels can affect results whether the sample is obtained from a forearm or a finger stick. Hematocrit levels less than 30% may cause falsely high readings and hematocrit levels greater than 55% may cause falsely low readings. If the patient doe...
  • Can I test blood glucose from sites other than my fingertips?

    Can I test blood glucose from sites other than my fingertips? FORA® blood glucose meter systems allow you to obtain a blood sample from an alternative site such as your palm, forearm, upper arm, calf, or thigh. Notice: alternative site test is not fit for everyone, it may have some limitations ...
  • Does the blood sample not filling up the strip confirmation window affect the result?

    Does the blood sample not filling up the strip confirmation window affect the result? Sample size can affect the result. Always follow the instructions in the Owner's Manual for applying blood to the test strip and make sure the blood sample has completely filled the test strip confirmation wind...
  • How do I maintain my blood glucose meter?

    How do I maintain my blood glucose meter? • Keep your meter clean. • Test your meter regularly with control solution. • Store your meter and supplies properly. Heat and humidity can damage test strips. • Close the vial cap promptly after removing a test strip.
  • How to enter the correct meter mode to perform a control solution test?

    This is an important step – After inserting a test strip, press the “M” button to enter the control solution mode. The word “CTL” appears on the screen.
  • My new meter gives me a different result than my old meter for the same test. Does that mean my meter isn't accurate?

    My new meter gives me a different result than my old meter for the same test. Does that mean my meter isn't accurate? No. What you are most likely noticing is the different way meters represent results. There are meters that give "plasma" results and meters that give "whole blood" results. You m...
  • What is control solution?

    Control solution is used to check if the meter and test strips are properly working together as a system and that you are performing the test correctly. When you test a strip or meter using control solution instead of your blood, the number shown on the meter should be within the range printed on...
  • What should be the proper storage temperatures for my meters and strips?

    What should be the proper storage temperatures for my meters and strips? Meters: -4°F to 140°F below 95% R. H. (relative humidity). GOD Strips: 39.2°F to 104°F, below 85% R. H. GDH strips: 35.6°F to 89.6°F, below 85% R. H.
  • When should I check my meter’s performance?

    When should I check my meter’s performance? • When you use the meter for the first time. • Every time you open a new vial of FORA® test strips. • Whenever you get unusual results.
  • Why am I getting erratic/inconsistent readings?

    Why am I getting erratic readings? There are several reasons why you are getting inconsistent readings. The glucose level in a patient’s body could fluctuate from time to time. It will depend on the time of testing (before or after meal), patient’s health condition or patient’s medication. If y...
  • Why am I getting higher than expected readings?

    Why am I getting higher than expected readings? A. Several factors could influence the blood glucose readings. 1. Residual alcohol on fingertip will cause falsely higher readings. So make sure either alcohol is air dry or wipe dry with gauze. 2. If blood is smeared, the reading could become hi...
  • Why the control solution meter reading is fall out the range printed on the strip vial label?

    Why is the control solution meter reading fall out the range printed on the strip vial label? You may be using a different control solution. Use ForaCare control solution only. Control solution may have expired. Discard 90 days after opening. Control solution should be at room temperature (...