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Blood Glucose Monitors: What Factors Affect Accuracy?

Blood Glucose Monitors: What Factors Affect Accuracy?

Sometimes my blood glucose monitor seems to give incorrect readings. What can I do to make sure the measurement is accurate? Answers from M. Regina Castro, M.D. When used correctly, blood glucose monitors — small devices that measure and display your blood sugar level — are usually accurate. But occasionally they may be incorrect. Consider these factors that affect meter accuracy and the steps to resolve or prevent the problem: Factors that affect accuracy Solutions Test strip problems Throw out damaged or outdated test strips. Store strips in their sealed container; keep them away from heat, moisture and humidity. Be sure the strips are meant for your specific glucose meter. Extreme temperatures Keep your glucose meter and test strips at room temperature. Alcohol, dirt or other substances on your skin Wash and dry your hands and the testing site thoroughly before pricking your skin. Improper coding Some meters must be coded to each container of test strips. Be sure the code number in the device matches the code number on the test strip container. Monitor problems Fully insert the test strip into the monitor. Replace the monitor batteries as needed. Not enough blood applied to the test strip Touch a generous drop of blood to the test strip. Don't add more blood to the test strip after the first drop is applied. Testing site location If you're using a site other than your fingertip and you think the reading is wrong, test again using blood from a fingertip. Blood samples from alternate sites aren't as accurate as fingertip samples when your blood sugar level is rising or falling quickly. The amount of red blood cells in your blood If you are dehydrated or your red blood cell count is low (anemia), your test results may be less accurate. Blood glucose monitor quality Continue reading >>

Agamatrix Launches Kroger Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems

Agamatrix Launches Kroger Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems

AgaMatrix, Inc., the makers of the WaveSense(TM) line of blood glucose monitoring products, announced today the launch of the Kroger(R) Blood Glucose Monitoring System (BGM). The Kroger BGM is found exclusively at almost 2,000 Kroger and Kroger-brand stores, including Dillons, Fry's, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Smith's and Ralphs. Mark Woolf, Director of Pharmacy for Kroger, said, "We are excited to announce the launch of our own Kroger brand blood glucose product that features great quality and high accuracy. We plan to continue to expand our diabetes testing category to provide our diabetic patients the quality products that they want and need. After evaluating all of our options in the marketplace, we felt that the WaveSense line of blood glucose meters and strips was the best choice for Kroger." The Kroger(R) BGM is a no code, fast test time, and low blood volume system that has WaveSense technology for high accuracy results. While most test strips are sold only in 50 and 100 ct, the Kroger(R) BGM offers a 25 ct, especially designed for people with diabetes who pay cash for their testing supplies. Test strips are less than 50% the cost of major brands. "By providing a best-in-category blood glucose monitoring system at a value price, along with support from one of the most trusted pharmacy names, Kroger's unique approach will benefit people with diabetes," said Dave Conn, Chief Commercial Officer at AgaMatrix. "This enables even more patients to have access to WaveSense products for better control of their diabetes." Continue reading >>

Bg Meter Accuracy: 10 Meters Put To The Test!

Bg Meter Accuracy: 10 Meters Put To The Test!

These 10 meters varied in age and wear.Some were old, some were new one wasmy own personalmeter that I used to calibrate my CGM and make mission-criticaldecisions each day.All of them passed their respective control solution tests, so its safe to assume that they werein good working order. I tried to match the testing method employed by Chris (author of the original post ) as closely as possible. Eightrounds of testing were performed over the course of 24 hours according to the following procedure: Order of meters was randomized for each round. Tests were performed only when CGM readings were stable (i.e. no insulin on board and CGM showing a slope of ~0 mg/dL/min). I didnt do anything special to stabilize my blood glucose just tested as I went about a normal day. The test strips used for each meter all came from their own unique vials. Before and after completing the eight testing rounds, the meters were checked using their respective control solutions. They all passed the control solution tests. Unlike Chris, I didnt have an alarming spread in my results for any round. The overallbetween-meter variability (% Error, or %CV for you stats folks) was only 6%. In plain English:My treatment decisions wouldnt have varied much at all, regardless of the meter I was using. One unit of rapid-acting insulin brings my BG down by ~80 mg/dL, and I correct whenever Im over 100 mg/dL. Ill usually correct down to 70-110 mg/dL, depending on my plans for the next couplehours (big meal = correct to 70; workout = correct to 110). Iwasrelieved to see that even if I tooka correction bolus for the maximum BG of each round, I still would have been brought down to a desirableblood glucose level. For example, take Round 1. The highest reading I saw was 182 md/dL, and Id take 1 unit for that. Ev Continue reading >>

Meters: Does Your Device Measure Up?

Meters: Does Your Device Measure Up?

Download our latest printable product listings. Think of picking out a blood glucose meter the same way you would choose a car. You might consider cost first and then compare features to narrow down your options until you find the one that works best for you. You may even be able to sit with a diabetes educator and look over a number of meters to get a feel for them, says Molly McElwee-Malloy, RN, CDE, CPT, patient care manager in diabetes education at the University of Virginia Health System and a spokeswoman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The main thing people think about is cost, she says. But I think you should [also] think about something that is really going to do the most work for you. If youre stumped by all of the features to consider, focus on five main factors: ease of use, size and shape, reimbursement, accuracy, and download ability. Meters are typically affordable (most are in the range of $10 to $50) and are often discounted or free with coupons. The real cost with testing your blood glucose comes with the strips, says McElwee-Malloy. Test strips retail for anywhere between less than 50cents and $2 a strip, depending on the technology, and that can get expensive if you check your blood glucose multiple times a day. The cost of diabetes has never been higher, says endocrinologist Timothy Bailey, MD, FACE, CPI, director of AMCR Institute in Escondido, California, and a clinical associate professor at the University of CaliforniaSan Diego School of Medicine. A good way to save? Call your insurance company to find out which meters and strips are preferred (typically listed on the companys formulary). The cost of preferred meters and test strips will be covered at the most benefit to you. You can still get a meter that is not preferred by Continue reading >>

Inaccurate Blood-glucose Readings Can Be Caused By A Number Of Factors

Inaccurate Blood-glucose Readings Can Be Caused By A Number Of Factors

If you have diabetes, your blood-glucose meter is a critical tool that gives you the necessary insight as to what’s going on inside your body at a given moment—an absolutely essential piece of knowledge, particularly if you use insulin. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your meter is functioning correctly and giving you accurate readings. Start by periodically using a glucose solution provided by your meter’s manufacturer to test the accuracy of the results you’re getting. And watch out for these factors that can affect your meter readings: Outdated test strips. Incompatible test strips. It’s actually possible with some meters to insert a strip that is not meant to be used with that meter. This can be a problem if you buy strips that are manufactured by another company; while test strips from non-meter manufacturers are usually fine, be sure that you’re buying the strip that that is made for your meter. Substances on your hands. For example, substances on the finger used for lancing, even a small amount that can’t be seen, may cause a high blood-glucose reading. Temperature changes. Your meter’s user’s manual (or web site) will tell you the temperature range in which your meters will function correctly. Wet fingers. Fluid mixing with blood may cause an inaccurate reading. So, with these potential problems in mind, the Certified Diabetes Educators in the clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center recommend following these steps in testing: Before using the meter for the first time and again every few weeks, check your meter using the control solution. Once opened, the control solution is only good for three months. Label the control-solution bottle with the date when you opened it. Check the date and shake the control solution before using it. The valu Continue reading >>

Information For Health Care Providers

Information For Health Care Providers

1990s: Static Electrochemistry-Coulometry technology approved 1980s: Static Electrochemistry-Amperometry technology approved ONsync Dynamic Electrochemistry technology automatically adjusts for common sources of error that make blood glucose measurements inaccurate. While most meters still use static electrochemistry to calculate blood glucose levels, patented ONsync employs Dynamic Electrochemistry the latest in blood glucose testing technology to capture much richer information than other blood glucose testing meters. Traditional static electrochemistry may be inaccurate due to the many variations in the blood sample. The system is so complex, more than 42 patents protect its exclusive intelligence. Furthermore, meters powered by ONsync are the first blood glucose meters to directly connect to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. And the advanced datamanagement features of ONsync-powered meters include 14-, 30- and 90-day averages and graphs of test results that can easily be viewed and downloaded to a computer. FDA standards require +/- 20% accuracy 95% of the time. Meters powered by ONsync were within +/-10% 93% of the time.** Using one of the smallest blood sample sizes required, meters and strips powered by ONsync automatically adjust for common sources of error to improve accuracy. Common sources of error include: temperature and altitude changes, chemical interferences from food and beverages, blood sample variations and manufacturing differences. And accuracy is critical; In the short-term, when patients are deciding on insulin therapy requirements, and in the long-term, to ensure a long, high quality of life, free from diabetes complications.* Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Monitors

Blood Glucose Monitors

Uncompromising Accuracy All of our meters feature WaveSense™ technology, a proprietary suite of measurement techniques using dynamic electrochemistry® to correct factors that can impact the accuracy of blood glucose measurements. Device % of readings within ± 15% of reference* BGStar® (AgaMatrix/Sanofi) 98.8% iBGStar® (AgaMatrix/Sanofi) 96.5% Leading Competitor 1 91.8% Leading Competitor 2 93.5% Leading Competitor 3 94.0% Leading Competitor 4 91.2% *For readings with reference glucose value ≥ 75 mg/dL, n=170 Source: Institute for Clinical Research and Development, Mainz, Germany; Pfützner A et al. Clinical assessment of the accuracy of blood glucose measurement devices. Curr Med Res Opin. 2012;28:525-531. Intelligent Meters Current and upcoming blood glucose monitors push the boundaries of blood glucose monitoring technology. MyStar Extra® is the first self-monitoring device to provide estimated hemoglobin A1c values.* Blood glucose readings and other user input are used as a tool for insulin dose calculations, complementing widely prescribed and newly developed insulin therapies. Connected Meters Developing meters that can connect to external devices and systems means that a simple blood glucose test can lead to actionable insights: an estimated A1c, a dose calculation, a detected pattern, etc. Wireless Connection The emergence of faster, more reliable wireless technology means that the days of searching for the right cable are over. Perform a blood glucose test and the results are seamlessly transferred to any compatible system for storage and analysis. Just test – it's that easy. Where to Buy Products available at major retailers including: and online: Buy Now Continue reading >>

Careone Blood Glucose Monitoring System Premium

Careone Blood Glucose Monitoring System Premium

CareOne Blood Glucose Monitoring System Premium CareOne Blood Glucose Monitoring System Premium Only use CareOne premium blood glucose test strips with CareOne premium blood glucose monitoring systems.For self-testing.For in vitro diagnostic use only. CareOne Blood Glucose Premium Monitoring System. Two pre-installed CR2032 3 volt, lithium batteries. For more information see your CareOne premium blood glucose monitoring system owner's guide. Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a digital log book using the Onsync Diabetes Manager App. Download is available through the App Store(sm), just search for "Onsync" or visit www.switch2onsync.com. Record glucose, carbs & insulin. Review logbook trends & statistics. Email results to your healthcare provider or family. The iPhone or iPod touch is not included. Enter prescription through primary health insurer. Enter the primary claim through the patient's health insurer, then: (Bin, PCN, and group numbers are only valid with a prescription). 2013 AgaMatrix, Inc. All rights reserved. All trademarks and/or copyrights are properties of their respective owners. iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Limitations will apply. Offer not valid for persons paying with cash, by Medicare, Medicaid, or other government program, or where prohibited by law. For complete information, please consult a pharmacist. Toll-free, 24-hour customer service: 1 (800) 895-2430. Continue reading >>

Should You Use The Control Solution To Check Your Meter?

Should You Use The Control Solution To Check Your Meter?

You probably never use the control solution for your blood glucose meter. You can blame your doctor or yourself for this oversight, but the chances are that you never have heard this term before. Our doctors and other medical professionals rarely discuss using a control solution. It usually doesn’t come with our blood glucose meters. And your local drug store probably doesn’t carry the one that your meter uses. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the American Diabetes Association all recommend that we often check our meter with its control solution. Probably every owner’s manual for all of the blood glucose meters on the market has the same message. Something is seriously out of whack here. A control solution is a solution that mimics blood and that is used to test the accuracy of a blood glucose meter and test strips, says the Manual for Pharmacy Technicians. It is specific for a particular meter and may come as low, normal, or high control. The solutions can be categorized as “Level 1” or “Level 2,” representing low or high control. The expiration date of the control solution varies by manufacturer and can range from three to six months. Most Never Use Control Solution A survey of 18 people in the Bay Area of California who have type 1 diabetes or parents of children with it showed that 58 percent of them never used a control solution. Note well that these are people who rely on insulin, which requires rather precise blood glucose meter readings. Only the abstract of this survey, “SMBG Out of Control: The Need for Educating Patients About Control Solution,” in the September-October 2013 issue of The Diabetes Educator is online. But a friend sent me a copy of the full-text. Another s Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meters

Blood Glucose Meters

bdubya55 Posts: 507Member Member Posts: 507Member Member A,good deal, accurate and economical indeed retiree! Very nice little meter. mzhrrs13 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member Currently using Kroger Premium OnSync meter....no problems here. I get a smiley face when I am within range and the test strips (50 count) is only $18.99 compared to $60 plus bucks for the One Touch Ultra (50 count)!!:happy: Shannon3n88 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member I've been using the OneTouch UltraMini for 4-5 years now. I don't really know how accurate it is as I've never used any other type for comparison! blackiris49 Posts: 128Member Member Posts: 128Member Member I'm using the ACCU-CHEK Performa. Seems to be OK been using it about a year, have changed the battery once. Strips are 20JOD for 50, which I buy. A bit expensive when you consider the average wage here. I've also seen the ONE TOUCH here too, strips about the same price. javonjay76 Posts: 48Member Member Posts: 48Member Member I'm using Reli-On prime & I think its great! I had a problem with it a couple of days ago when I left it in the car overnight and the temp went below freezing. I called the manufactuer to ask what tests I could do somts to test the accuracy of the results. & instead they are going to send me out a new meter. AWESOME! I've been using the Bayer Contour Next and forgot to order more strips. So I bought the ReliOn model and boy is it high and all over the place. The strips asre reasonable but I persoanlly think the accuracy is way off on mine. I can take it 3 times in 15 minutes and it goes from 98 to 124 to 110. Not just once but several times. I order my Bayer stips on Amazon because they are less than 1/3 of the price from other places. I can't wait for them to arrive and this time I' Continue reading >>

Onsync Meters | Onsync

Onsync Meters | Onsync

If superior technology coupled with accuracy of information does not amaze you, maybe this will: ONsync is brought to you by Perrigo, the worlds leading manufacturer of store brands. Which means ONsync is only available through leading retailers, exclusively in their own store-branded meters and strips, and, most importantly, can save your patients over $600 a year! Dublin, Ireland | U.S. Telephone: (269) 673-8451 For questions about our meters, please call(800) 895-2430 This information is for general background purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific conditions. Seek prompt medical attention for health care questions you have. Consult your physician before making changes to your medication, diet, fitness program, or blood glucose testing schedules. Continue reading >>

Choose The Right Blood Sugar Monitor For You

Choose The Right Blood Sugar Monitor For You

Choose the right blood sugar monitor for you Choose the right blood sugar monitor for you If you have diabetes, you will very likely benefit from monitoring your blood glucose regularly. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG for short) will help you know quickly what your blood sugar level is, see how your diet, lifestyle, and treatment are affecting your blood sugar levels, and make informed decisions with your health care team about managing your diabetes. There are many kinds of blood glucose meter on the market, with different features that will suit different people. Before you decide which one to get, consider a few factors: How often will you be testing your blood glucose, and when and where? Whats your budget? If you dont have drug insurance, the test strips are where the cost adds up. You may be using up to 4strips a day, and a package of 100 can cost anywhere from $50 to well over $100. How easy is the display to read? Does it light up? Does it need to be calibrated for each new set of strips? How easy is that to do? How many test results does it record, and what tracking options does it give you and what features will you actually use? Can it be connected to your home computer to display tracked information? Can it be altered by your endocrinologist to provide a more personalized recommendation? Does it let you note whether a reading was taken before or after food or exercise? Talk about your needs with your diabetes educator or your pharmacist. Once you have a meter, before you start using it, make sure you know: Continue reading >>

What Causes A Test Strip Error On My Meter?

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 >>

Glucometer Hell | Feline Diabetes Message Board - Fdmb

Glucometer Hell | Feline Diabetes Message Board - Fdmb

Ozy was diagnosed early this month. We bought our first glucometer at a local store... it is an OnSync with Kroger brand. We have had no issues with it except the strips cost over a dollar a piece. So, I went on Amazon and purchased their highest rated glucometer which is a TrueResult. We tested it with the control solution, no problem. But when we started using it, we got Error E05 almost all the time. We called the company. They say it isn't designed to work with animals. But none of them are, are they? So I dug around for hours on this site. I see many complaints on the TrueResult glucometer. But it is listed in the top tier on the Consumer Reports review on the link provided on this site. We bought another 100 test strips for the OnSync for $110 to tide us over until we can figure out which glucometer to buy. That is the hard part. I've spent all morning and last night on this and I am still confused. Please help. Let me see if I can help a bit....we use the ReliOn Confirm which takes the same strips as the Micro. The ReliOn brand meters are sold at Walmart but are actually MADE by Arkray. The Confirm is the 'Glucocard 01', Micro is the Glucocard 01-Mini. The strips for both the Confirm/Micro and the 01/01-Mini are all the same strips. I have replaced KT's with another Confirm, specifically ordered a Confirm when we adopted Dakota too. I DO think I'd like the mini a bit better tho'. IMHO, I would NOT buy the Arkray 'Vital' or the Walmart 'Ultima' nor would I change to the Walmart 'Prime' even tho' the strips are cheaper....too many issues with those. Wow I dont know where you found that report but I dont think it applies to cats in terms of reliability?. Here is the one we have that is a bit better: Many of us here seem to use the Relion brands and Arkray quite hap Continue reading >>

Onsync Diabetes Manager For Iphone

Onsync Diabetes Manager For Iphone

Need an easy way to track your glucose results, review trends and statistics, and share results? The ONsync Diabetes Manager can help. Enter your information in seconds, review the data with convenient charts and graphs, and gain a new perspective on diabetes management. If you need a second opinion, you can email results to your trusted health care team. Features of the software include:SCORECARDSEach glucose result (carb intake and insulin dose optional) with date and time, mealtime tag, and customizable notesLOGBOOKYour glucose results organized by time of dayTREND CHARTA visual representation of your glucose results over timeEMAIL REPORTSEmail diabetes information to your family and trusted health care team for review. You choose what gets sent, to whom, and when.COLOR-CODED RESULTSEasily spot when you go into high or low ranges.CARB/INSULIN TRACKINGRecord carb/insulin data as well as blood glucose results.FULLY CUSTOMIZABLESet custom target ranges, hypo-/hyperglycemic limits, and mealtime schedules.TAGGINGPut your glucose results in context by adding tags about food, exercise, medicine, health issues, or any customizable note that you want to add. Continue reading >>

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