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Fire Dept.: No New Glucose Strips Yet

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A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – The Chicago Fire Department says its paramedics will be using potentially defective glucose-testing strips for at least a few more days.

As Steve Miller reports, WBBM Newsradio 780 first reported last week that the glucose testing strips used by Chicago Fire Department paramedics were part of a nationwide recall. They were believed to be defective.

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The entire supply of glucose testing strips used by the Fire Department is affected by the recall.

The strips test the blood sugar of diabetics, or anyone suspected of having low or high blood glucose.

The Fire Department told paramedics to keep using the potentially defective strip until replacements arrive, which was supposed to be Monday.

But now, the Fire Department says the new strips might not arrive until the end of the week, or the first part of next week.

In the meantime, paramedics are being told to continue using the recalled strips.

Fire Department Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said patient care is not compromised, since the glucose testing strips are only one tool.

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