Monday, December 28, 2015

Five tips on using medicines and medical devices at home

5 mg tips on health care

When I say 5 mg, I mean 5 tips only in this post.
1. When you
 a blister to take the pill out, do not start from the side of the blister that has the expiry date printed on back. You will, most likely, lose the legibility of the expiry date.  Start from the other side of the blister. This will be specially useful for those medicines to which you may return after several months or more (such as antibiotics, anti-vomiting, anti-rash, anti-diarrhoea medicines, etc.).   
2. When your pharmacist cuts two or three pills from a blister for you, to conform to your doctor's prescription, insist on seeing the expiry date on that blister. He or his Assistant may be giving you expired medicines unintentionally, given that a pharmacist does not check the expiry date of the thousands of medicines in his shop everyday.
3. When you are doing a finger-tip blood sugar test at home, make sure that your finger is clean and completely dry. Do not use sprit on the area to be pricked, but use spirit after the prick to prevent infection. The blood drop that oozes will interact with anything on the finger and this will affect the reading. Do not forget to check your blood sugar using your electronic device at home before going for your periodic lab tests, and then compare the readings and "calibrate" your electronic device to translate its readings to match your lab test readings (your electronic device may be giving you either a lower or a higher reading).
4. Do not leave the batteries of your blood sugar testing device in the battery chamber. Take them out after you are done with the procedure. Check your batteries for their strength after a year (they usually last for two years, if not more). Buy a battery tester if you do not have one. It would be worth the investment.
5. The electronic blood pressure testing devices are helpful but not completely reliable. The doctors hate them! Do not forget to check your blood pressure using your electronic device before going to see your doctor, and then compare his/her BP readings with the ones from your electronic device, and calibrate your device (as for the blood sugar testing device I explained above). Replace batteries (usually AAA) of your device after using them for about 20 times of using your device. You need strong batteries for a nearly-accurate reading. Do not be a kanjoos and buy cheap batteries for your electronic devices. The used batteries will still work well in your wall clock and other devices at home that take AAA batteries.
These tips are based on my own experiments with life, my interactions with my doctors, and/or my research on the Internet.


Posted by: Surendra Varma <>


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