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POC Glucose Testing Using Finger or Heel Stick

An AACC member asked, when performing point-of-care glucose testing, what yields the most reliable results: the first or second drop of blood?

In reply, other members cited two studies: one indicated that the first drop is fine as long as the patient washes his or her hands, while the second study showed that blood glucose readings differ significantly between the first and second drops in patients with very low or very high blood glucose concentrations.

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