I think that a glucose meter as well as a thermometer, and perhaps, an inhaler should be in each household.
About two years ago, a good sale took place on Roche Accu-Chek Active in a drugstore, so I decided to buy it for my family.
Let’s sort it out together. I will ignore the terminology a little, and I will speak in plain language.
This glucose meter and all of its components are in a handbag:
It is small in size, about the size of your palm. If it is necessary, you can carry the glucose meter with you.
In the bag, we find a glucose meter, a prefilled syringe, a package of 10 test strips and the lancets (also 10 pieces in a set).
There are two buttons on the control: M – memory, S – setting up the date and time. As the measurement of a glucose level was more a preventive character for us, we don’t use settings and memory.
There is a jar with the test strips.
It carries very important information: a code and an expiry date. By the way, the expiry date is already made void on our strips.
In each jar with test strips there is a code plate. The test strips will work only with their plate.
And when you insert a test strip in this glucose meter, the code blips.
It has to match to the code which is assigned on the jar from where the test strips are taken.
There is a prefilled syringe (lancing device).
It is possible to regulate the puncture depth on it. Through trial and error, the best option was depth 3 for me. It doesn’t pierce on 2, it hurts on 4.
The lancets are actually needles which pierce the finger.
We remove a cap at the lancing device, we insert a lancet, and also we remove lancet’s cap from the lancet. We put on the lancing device cap.
It is necessary “to load” a prefilled syringe. The principle is as with the pen.
In the charged state, the peephole is painted in yellow color.
There is a test strip.
The orange square is an indicator zone.
We insert a test strip in the direction of the drawn needles. The device starts demanding a blood sample.
We press the prefilled syringe to a finger deptth (You washed your hands before the procedure, I hope? :-)) also we press the peephole. We apply the appeared drop of blood on the strip.
Unfortunately, I have a bad result.
WHY? There is a small drop of a blood. I always don’t like it in this device. It is necessary to use a new strip for the measurement!
Also, the glucose meter won’t permit the use of overdue strips for measuring.
As you can see, it’s a snap, there are only some nuances.
I will reduce everything to merits and demerits of the glucose meter.
- The simplicity
- The convenience
- The portability
- The memory
- It won’t suit elderly people, especially if they have shaky hands, as it is necessary to get to the area of the indicator and it takes some time to get a reading. It is a feature of this glucose meter. The principle of measurement is based on the interaction of blood with the indicator.
- There are packs of the test strips of 50 pieces, for example, if you use it seldom, they are past their “sell-by” date.
- There is no opportunity to regulate the amount of blood needed by the device. If it isn’t enough, the device will issue a prevention notice. The necessary amount of blood is sucked in independently in an electrochemical glucose meter.
Generally, the glucose meter ACCU-CHEK Active is a quite good option, I have no regrets about acquisition. I give it a mark of “3”.
If you are looking for a glucose meter for an elderly person, you should look more closely at other models with a different way of measurement.