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Hi, I am new to this forum. I graduated in 2006 and was hired in at the family practice where I did my externship. I just wanted to verify a procedure my supervisor showed me. She said when performing a HgA1C quick test that you don;t have to wipe the first drop of blood like you do for the glucose. Is this true? Thanks for your help

Your Professional Title/Credentials: CMA

Are You Still In School? no

Are You Working? yes

Re: HgA1C

Never heard of that. I think you always have to wipe that first drop in all fingersticks because tissue fluid,from the puncture,can alter the test results.
What was your supervisor's reason for not having to?

Your Professional Title/Credentials: PBT

Are You Working? Yes

Re: HgA1C

Are you talking about a glucometer test or a Hgb AIC? You need a tube of blood for a Hgb AIC and that measures an estimate of glucose over the last 3 months. It's a good indicator of control for diabetics. For a glucometer, I do not wipe the first drop anymore.

Your Professional Title/Credentials: LPN

Are You Still In School? yes

Are You Working? yes