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by Brenda Bell
What's the first thing you do, after opening a new vial of test strips? Run a control test, right? (Well, that's what you're supposed to do, even though it "wastes" one or more of that precious commodity.) Every vial of test strips has a reference range for one or more control solutions. (If there's more than one range, our vials of control solution usually tell us to look for the "normal" or "low" range.) What...
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  1. 1 - Centers for Disease Control. National Diabetes Fact Sheet United States, 2011. (PDF accessed 9/19/12).

    2 - The Expert Committee on the Diagnosis and Classification of Diabetes Mellitus. "Follow-Up Report on the Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus." Diabetes Care 26:3160-3167, 2003.

    Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, M.D., 04/08