When it comes to diabetes management, accurate blood glucose readings are paramount. And when it comes to generating accurate readings, the quality of the test strip is dependent upon the materials used in its design — each layer has to be able to perform its function without interference from other layers or external contamination. There are several design considerations that play into the success or failure of a test strip. For example, most test strips are made with adhesives that bond each layer together and hydrophilic materials that promote fluid flow. If one or more materials in the strip are not selected carefully, it could lead to strip and device failure, ultimately compromising the well-being of the user. In order to ensure optimal performance and design, it is important to understand the role of each layer and how the different materials used can react to each other and the manufacturing processes. This article looks at the construction of a typical test strip and breaks down some common features, potential challenges and how to remedy them during the design and development stages.
Romed blood glucose test strip box, 50 strips per vial, one vial in a test strip box, 10 test strip These test strips were design for use with the AutoSense Test strips for the measurement of blood glucose through the glucose oxidase technology.
It can also be a strip of glucose paper dipped into a substance and measured to the glucose chart. It is a key element of home blood glucose monitoring HBGM by people with diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia. A small drop of blood, obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet , is placed on a disposable test strip that the meter reads and uses to calculate the blood glucose level. Since approximately , a primary goal of the management of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus has been achieving closer-to-normal levels of glucose in the blood for as much of the time as possible, guided by HBGM several times a day. The benefits include a reduction in the occurrence rate and severity of long-term complications from hyperglycemia as well as a reduction in the short-term, potentially life-threatening complications of hypoglycemia.