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Meter accuracy

Find out how Roche Diabetes Care, the maker of Accu-Chek products, ensures accurate blood glucose results—and why it's so important. Learn more.

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How to use the Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter

Checking blood glucose
Slide and release the power button to turn the meter on and advance a strip. A test strip will automatically emerge, and a flashing test strip and blood drop symbol will appear on the display.

Use the lancing device to prick the side of a fingertip. Gently squeeze the fingertip to produce a small drop of blood.

Hold the meter so the test strip points down. Touch and hold the drop of blood to the black notch on the end of the test strip—do not apply to the top of the strip or window. A flashing hourglass indicates when enough blood has been applied. If necessary, more blood can be applied within 25 seconds. Your result will appear in the display.

Slide and release the power button to turn the meter off and eject the used strip.

Alternate site testing
To check blood sugar from a non-fingertip site, place the clear plastic Accu-Chek Softclix Plus cap on the lancing device and press until it clicks. Firmly press the clear cap against the selected site and click the release button. Continue to apply pressure to the selected site for a couple of seconds. You can watch the drop of blood form through the clear cap. When you have enough blood, apply it to the test strip. The measurement starts automatically.1

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Checking blood sugar

Visit the video page and watch the Checking Blood Sugar video.

Yes. In addition to the fingertip, the Accu-Chek Compact Plus system can be used with blood samples from the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh or calf.1

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.

Your Accu-Chek lancing device has a special clear or gray plastic cap designed for testing on other areas of the body.1 Note: Do not use the clear or gray cap when testing at the fingertip.

Follow the steps for fingertip testing, with a few differences:

  • Use the clear or gray cap.
  • You may need a deeper setting. Try 3 for palm testing or 5-1/2 for forearm or upper arm testing. (These are suggested settings; yours may differ.)
  • Press the opening of the clear or gray cap firmly against a fleshy area of the non-fingertip site. Press the lancing device up and down in a slow pumping motion to assist the flow of blood.
  • Keep steady pressure on the area, then press and release the plunger. Do not be afraid to apply pressure to the area with the lancing device to assist the flow of blood. Continue to press the cap against the site for a few seconds to allow blood to come to the surface.
  • When you have enough blood, apply it to the test strip. The measurement starts automatically.
1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.

Special features

The meter is compatible with all Accu-Chek data management tools, including the Accu-Chek 360° diabetes management system.

The bright, easy-to-read display on the latest Accu-Chek Compact Plus system uses OLED technology, instead of a back-lit screen. The numbers and symbols are self-illuminated in bold color, making them easier to read, even in low light.

Meter care and batteries

Clean and disinfect your meter once a week, or any time blood gets on the meter. You should also clean the meter before allowing anyone else to handle it.

Cleaning is simply removing dirt from the meter, while disinfecting refers to removing as much of the disease-causing microorganisms and other germs as possible.

Super Sani-Cloth® disposable, pop-up wipes are a convenient way to kill germs, and have been approved for cleaning and disinfecting the meter. You can buy them online from Amazon.com, Office Depot, Walmart and other retailers.

Be sure to clean the areas around slots and openings, while being careful not to get any moisture in them. You should also wipe down the entire meter surface, including the meter display.

Test strips, coding and control tests

The drum of 17 preloaded test strips eliminates struggling with containers and test strips each time. The system sets a new standard in convenience by:

  • Advancing and ejecting diabetes test strips automatically, eliminating the need to handle individual test strips
  • Integrating diabetes test strips into a load-and-go drum, so you don't need to carry a separate container

Visit the video page to watch the Inserting the Test Strip Drum video.

With the meter off, place your thumb or finger under the ridge just to the right of the test strip slot. Press upward to open the drum door. Be sure to lift up on the door to open it. Do not push the door in, as this can make it more difficult to open.

Visit the video page to watch the Inserting the Test Strip Drum video.

On the back of the blood glucose meter, you'll see a small window with a number showing through. This number indicates how many unused strips are left in the test drum. When the test drum is empty, a dot will show through the window. This is your signal to discard the test drum and insert a new drum.

Other ways to see how many test strips are left in the drum:

  • After completing a blood sugar check, while the meter is still on and the strip is still sticking out of the meter, press and hold the test (on/off) button for several seconds. The number of strips remaining in the drum will be shown on the meter display. When the button is released, the meter will turn off.
  • Or, while in the memory mode, press and hold the test (on/off) button for several seconds. The meter display will show the number of strips remaining. When the button is released, the meter will turn off.
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Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter

Item Description

Enjoy the convenience of all-in-one design. The big, glow-in the-dark screen helps in poor lighting. A load-and-go drum of 17 preloaded test strips means no more struggling with individual strips. And the lancing device can be used attached to or detached from the meter. 

Product Manuals

DISPLAY

OLED

RESULTS

5 seconds

SIZE

4.9" x 2.5" x 1.3"

BATTERY TYPE

2 AAA

TEST STRIP

Accu-Chek Compact Plus preloaded 17-strip drum

LANCING DEVICE

Accu-Chek Softclix Plus

Benefits and features
  • Bright, easy-to-read display
  • Load-and-go drum of 17 preloaded test strips means no more struggling with individual strips
  • No coding—for fewer steps in testing
  • Detachable lancing device
  • Comfortable design with nonslip rubber grips
  • Choice of 6 test sites on the body1
  • Compatible with Accu-Chek data management tools
Additional specifications
Display:

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED)

Sample size:

1.5 microliter

Test time:

5 seconds

Power supply:

2 standard AAA batteries

Battery life:

1,000 tests

Memory capacity:

500 blood glucose results 

Test averages:

7, 14, 30 days

Dimensions:

2.7" x 1.7" x 0.8"

Weight:

Approximately 5.2 oz with batteries, lancing device and test strip drum

Data transfer:

Infrared (IR) window

Additional features:

Auto power on when test strip inserted; Auto power off

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.