Monday, November 21, 2016

Blood Glucose Meter 60 Second Checklist

An underappreciated risk of blood glucose testing is the opportunity for exposure to bloodborne viruses (HBV, HCV, and HIV) through contaminated equipment and supplies if devices used for testing and/or insulin administration (e.g., blood glucose meters, fingerstick devices, insulin pens) are shared.

Outbreaks of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection associated with blood glucose monitoring have been identified with increasing regularity, particularly in long-term care settings. Although the majority of these outbreaks have been reported in long-term care settings, the risk of infection is present in any setting where blood glucose monitoring equipment is shared or those assisting with blood glucose monitoring and/or insulin administration fail to follow basic principles of infection control.

To help mitigate infection control gaps with blood glucose monitoring, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a new tool related to blood glucose meter safety. To view/download the tool please visit: 

Do you have an upcoming training that might benefit from Infection Prevention and/or Injection Safety materials and/or guest speakers? 

Please contact Alana Cilwick (303.692.2727) or Injection Safety Coordinator at CDPHE.