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The Omnis Health Embrace is a relatively newer talking blood glucose monitor. Incredibly, I had not yet reviewed a talking meter when I first reviewed the Embrace in March 2012. Unfortunately, I am not sure I picked the right one to start with. The Embrace has some admirable qualities, but I dont think the meter is ready for prime time yet. Lets start with the positive and see where this leads us. Talking Feature: Many diabetics need verbal assistance with using their glucose meter. Omnis has a nice video demonstrating the talking feature and other features of the meter. I touch upon a little more regarding the talking feature below in the disadvantages. Price: Lets face it. This meter is cheap. You can pick up the meter for about $15 and 50 test strips for about the same price. Auto Coding: Again, if you want (and even need) testing simple, this is a no code glucose meter option. Marketing Material: The Omnis Health Embrace website is simply awful. It lists a couple of key features of the meter but almost nothing else. For most information, including where to buy the meter, the company wants you to fill out a contact form. Really? Website: How about that talking feature? Does it come in other languages besides English? You cant tell by looking at the Omnis website. The website gives no information. The meter brochure states that it is bi-lingual and later in the brochure it states that you can set the meter to select another language besides English. Only after looking through 6 different products downloads, not on the main Embrace meter page by the way, did I find that the other available language is Spanish. For those of you who only speak English, you probably dont care, but this type of oversight is indicative of the entire site. Another example of poor quality co Continue reading >>
A New Talking Meter
At least 38 companies now offer us meters that we can use to test our blood. I list and link them in my web page "Blood Glucose Meters," Part 14 of the On-line Diabetes Resources. Almost all of those 38 companies sell their meters in the U.S., and most of them have several different meters for sale here. So why would we ever need a new one? For one thing, meters are getting better. While they still aren’t good enough, higher standards of accuracy and precision may be coming soon, as I wrote here a year ago. Instead, meter manufacturers focus on adding features. Many of these features are just nice bells and whistles. But one feature is essential for some of us. Since loss of vision is all too common a complication of diabetes, many of us need a blood glucose meter that will talk to us. Not only people who are totally blind but the much larger number of us who have limited vision need a meter that they can listen to rather than look at. Actually, we have had talking meters for many years. Diagnostic Devices in Charlotte, North Carolina, has offered two different Prodigy meters for at least five years, as I indicate on my "Blood Glucose Meters" web page. Diabetic Supply of Suncoast in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, offers two different versions of the Advocate blood glucose meters that talk. Last year Omnis Health in Natick, Massachusetts, became the third company to currently offer a talking meter, the Embrace Blood Glucose Monitoring System. And now here is BioSense Medical Devices in Duluth, Georgia, with another talking meter, the Solo V2. We all the choices already available, does anyone need the new meter? The Solo V2 Talking Meter I think so. It has several advantages over the meters that we already had. BioSense took nearly two years to design and manufacture the meter Continue reading >>
What Causes A Test Strip Error On My Meter?
Glucose meters display error messages when there are problems with test strips, problems with the glucose meter, or when your glucose level is higher or lower than normal. One of the common errors is the test strip error. This error is often an easy fix. However, it’s important to understand the test strip error so you can prevent it from happening again in the future. Every time a test strip error occurs you will need to repeat the test with a new test strip. This often results in use of a few test strips which can become costly over time. Test Strip Error First and foremost, make sure you are using the right test strip with your meter. Using test strips that are incompatible with your meter often causes an error. If you’re not sure which test strips to use with your meter, contact the manufacturer. Here are a few common test strip errors: High or Low Operating Temperature: your glucose meter may display a test strip error when the it detects that the temperature is above or below the operating range. Do not perform a test until the meter and test strips reach a temperature within the operating range of your glucose monitoring system. Used, Damaged, or Expired Test Strip: glucose test strips are for single use. Do not use expired, short-dated, used, or damaged test strips. In this case, repeat the test with a new strip. Always read the safety instructions provided in the test strip box. Keep your strips in their original packages and away from heat, humidity and sunlight. Do not leave them open to air because that will make the strip unusable. When you remove a test strip for use, place a clean cloth underneath it in case you drop it; this way it will still be clean and usable. Always dispose used test strips and never use them again. You may also get a test strip Continue reading >>
1 Dear Embrace No Code Owner Thank you for choosing the Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Monitoring System to help you manage your diabetes. We designed the Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Monitoring System to be accurate and easy to use. The added convenience of the bi-lingual talking feature can be used as a verbal aid for using the meter. This manual contains all of the information needed to use and maintain your new blood glucose meter. Please read it carefully before use. Your Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Monitoring System provides an easy and precise way to measure blood glucose using fresh capillary whole blood taken from fingertips, palm, or forearm. The added convenience of auto-coding can help reduce the chance of inaccurate readings caused by incorrect coding of the meter. Testing is done outside the body (in vitro diagnostic use). The test results are plasma- calibrated for easy comparison to lab results. The Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Monitoring System is a portable battery operated meter intended for use as an aid by persons with diabetes and by health care professionals to monitor glucose concentration in whole blood. If you have questions or simply need more information, please call Omnis Health at 877-979-5454 or visit our web site at www.embracemeter.com. Again thank you for choosing the Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Monitoring System. NO Code NO Code 2 Table of Contents Table of Contents Understanding Your New Blood Glucose Kit The Embrace No Code Meter 5 The Embrace No Code Blood Glucose Test Strip 7 Meter Display Screen 8 Setting Up Your New System The Set Up Screen 10 Setting the Clock 11 Setting the Alarm 14 Talking and Horn Function 16 Talking Function Table 19 Control Solution Testing 24 Performing a Control Solution Test 25 Control Solution Trou Continue reading >>
2016 Blood Glucose Meter Comparisons
Choose Your Blood Glucose Meter Wisely! These days, there is lots of emphasis on accuracy, particularly when it comes to continuous glucose monitors (and their ability to match blood glucose values) and insulin pumps (and their ability to deliver doses with extreme precision). But let’s not forget about that trusty, dusty blood glucose meter that has been a staple of diabetes management. Why is meter accuracy so important? For those who take rapid-acting insulin to cover meals and “correct” out-of-range blood sugar readings, accurate readings are necessary for determining the right dose. Inaccurate readings can lead to over- or under-dosing, which can produce dangerously high or low blood sugar results. An inaccurate meter can also cause a person to treat hypoglycemia inappropriately (if the meter reads too low) or miss the need for treatment (if the meter reads too high). And finally, with so many people using CGM systems, proper calibration is a must. The more accurate the fingerstick readings, the better the CGM will perform. Of course, no meter will provide accurate results if the user fails to use proper technique. That means: Making sure the finger (or other test area) is clean Using the test strips prior to their expiration date Keep the strips sealed in their bottle to prevent exposure to light and humidity Applying enough blood to fill the test strip completely. Never exposing the strips to extreme hot or cold temperatures. Coding the meter (if required) Our team believes that meters should be within 10% of lab values to be considered accurate. One of the more important things you can do to ensure accurate results is to choose the right meter. Blood glucose meters vary widely in terms of accuracy. Accuracy is determined by comparing measurements obtained Continue reading >>
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