A few months ago we received a parcel in the mail. It contained the Accu-Chek Aviva kit for diabetics. We were very surprised, as we hadn’t ordered it. My husband Len and I have always had a great relationship with the companies that provide for diabetics. We do surveys on the Internet and on the phone and I wondered if this might have been a ‘thank you’.
The kit consisted of, and I am taking this from the website:
“Accu-Chek Aviva Blood Glucose Meter (battery included with preset time and date)
10 Accu-Chek Aviva Test Strips with Code Key
Adjustable Accu-Chek Multiclix Lancet Device with 12 lancets (2 drums) and clear cap for testing on different areas of the body
Accu-chek Aviva Control Solution
Easy-to-Use Instructions (English and Spanish)
Plus a further box with another 50 test strips.
The monitor itself is contoured nicely to fit in the hand. It is gray and dark blue and looks very elegant. It is slightly bigger than his One Touch Ultra monitor Len’s HMO gave him a couple of years ago. It has a really large display area for showing results, messages, errors, etc. Below this are 2 arrows to adjust the settings, see results, and check back via its memory. Right at the bottom is the slot to insert the test strip. On the top is an infrared window, which allows you to transfer information to your computer. The on/off button is a little to the right of the top. On the left side is a white ridge area. This is so you can insert the code key. On the back of the machine is the battery door,
With any new machine, or when you have finished a container of test strips, you need to use the new code key and insert it into the machine. This stays in until you have completed all the test strips.
I am not going to go into setting up the machine as this is very straightforward and is only done once. This meter comes with the Multiclix lancet device, which has a drum containing 6 pre-loaded lancets. With this lancet device you can test on your finger, palm, forearm, upper arm, calf or thigh.
So how does it work?
Always make sure your hands are clean and dry. Next put a test strip into the meter holding the end and inserting the silver part into the machine. Prick you finger and squeeze so that a small amount of blood is showing. The machine will show a picture of the test strip and a drop of blood. Next put a drop of the blood to the tip of the test strip. It is not necessary to put blood on top of this test strip. You will see a double eggcup shape flash and know that there is enough blood. If this doesn’t show you can add more blood to the test strip within a five second period.
Your results will appear in big bold numbers.
In the 76-page booklet that come with this device it always gives instructions on how to test blood from the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh, or calf.
This little machine has a cute feature. You can flag a high result. Say you ate out at a party and your reading was high. A * will show up when you check your results in the memory.
Chapter 4 of the booklet goes into depth on the meter memory, set up, and downloading.
To view readings press the back arrow and to display 7,14, or 30 day averages use the forward arrow.
You can also set from 1 to 4 reminders a day. The meter will beep at that time and will give you a reminder after two minutes. Of course you must leave your meter on for it to perform this function.
Len has never downloaded his results but that looks pretty straightforward.
The final chapter of the book is about maintenance and troubleshooting.
Len tests his sugar as much as three times a day. He has been a diabetic for 33 years and taken insulin since 1994. I am not brave enough to do a sugar test myself. Just the thought of blood and I pass out. Len checks my sugar with this meter every month. He did it just a couple of days ago and my sugar was perfect. He only had to collect a tiny amount of blood for this machine. I had my results in 5 seconds.
A few more helpful details from the website:
“Designed to fill on very first time.
Detect and prevent unreliable results.
Give 5-second results.
Test in several areas.
Has a wide-mouth strip that pulls in the tiny blood drop like a magnet.
Over 150 quality checks detect and prevent unreliable results.
Accu-Chek Compass computer software and the Diabetes Assistant program, online, secure program provide easy to read graphs and charts to help you use your results to manage your diabetes. Call 1-800-858-8072 to order software and cables.”
For more information check out www.accu-chek.com