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Blood glucose test strips, for dialysis, per 50

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Name of the Procedure

Blood Glucose Test Strips for Dialysis (HCPCS Code A4772)

Common names: Blood glucose test strips, glucose monitoring strips
Technical terms: Glucose oxidase reaction strips, glucose oxidase peroxidase strips


Blood glucose test strips are small, disposable strips used with a glucose meter to measure the glucose levels in the blood. These strips are essential for patients undergoing dialysis to monitor their blood sugar levels closely and manage their diabetes effectively.


Blood glucose test strips are used to:

  • Monitor blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes, especially those undergoing dialysis.
  • Help manage diabetes by providing real-time glucose readings.
  • Prevent complications from hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).


  • Patients with diabetes who are on dialysis.
  • Individuals requiring tight blood glucose control to avoid complications associated with kidney disease.
  • Patients advised for regular glucose monitoring by their healthcare provider.


  • No specific preparation is needed before using blood glucose test strips.
  • Ensure that the glucose meter and test strips are functioning correctly and within their expiration date.
  • Wash hands with soap and water before testing. No fasting or medication adjustments are typically required beforehand.

Procedure Description

  1. Insert the blood glucose test strip into the glucose meter.
  2. Use a lancet to prick the finger to get a small drop of blood.
  3. Place the drop of blood on the designated area of the test strip.
  4. The glucose meter will analyze the blood sample and display the blood glucose level.

    Tools and equipment:

    • Blood glucose test strips
    • Glucose meter
    • Lancet device for blood sample


Testing takes only a few minutes from start to finish.


This procedure can be performed at home, in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or dialysis center.


Typically, no healthcare professional is needed for routine glucose testing. Patients or their caregivers can perform this procedure. However, initial training may be provided by a nurse or diabetes educator.

Risks and Complications

  • Minor discomfort or bruising from the finger prick.
  • Inaccurate readings if test strips or glucose meter are not used correctly.


  • Immediate and accurate blood glucose readings.
  • Enhanced diabetes management and control.
  • Reduced risk of diabetes-related complications, especially in patients on dialysis.


  • No recovery time is needed as this is a non-invasive and quick procedure.
  • Follow routine blood glucose monitoring schedules as advised by the healthcare provider.


  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) systems that provide real-time glucose readings throughout the day.
  • Lab-based blood tests like HbA1c for long-term glucose monitoring, but these don't replace daily monitoring needs.

Pros of alternatives:

  • CGMs offer continuous data.
  • Lab tests provide an average glucose level over time.

Cons of alternatives:

  • Higher costs and more equipment for CGMs.
  • Lab tests are less practical for daily monitoring.

Patient Experience

  • Patients may experience a brief, mild pain from the finger prick.
  • Consistent monitoring helps in maintaining better control of blood glucose levels, thus improving overall health and quality of life.
  • Regular use of glucose test strips becomes routine and manageable with practice.

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