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Safety matters: Cleaning and disinfecting Nova StatStrip glucose meters

To ensure proper disinfection, be sure to clean and disinfect glucose meters after every patient use. Follow the two-step, two fresh-wipe process. 

Step 1: Clean the meter, using a fresh Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Wipe (purple top). For patients on Contact Plus Precautions use Sani-Cloth BLEACH Germicidal Wipes (orange packet). Wipe the external surface of the meter thoroughly and let it air dry.

Step 2: Disinfect the meter: Using a new, fresh wipe, thoroughly wipe the top, bottom and both sides of the meter, at least three times horizontally followed by three times vertically. Avoid the barcode scanner and electrical connector. Gently wipe the surface area of the test strip port, making sure no fluid enters the port.

  • Observe surface contact time. For Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Wipes (purple top), allow treated surface to remain wet for a full two minutes. For Sani-Cloth BLEACH Germicidal Wipes (orange packet), allow surfaces to remain wet for a full four minutes to disinfect. Let air dry.

Notes: Wipe out the docking stations periodically to keep them free of dust. If cleaning and disinfecting using bleach wipes, remove residue with an alcohol wipe after step 2.

For more information, view these Safety Matters tip sheets (intranet).