Frequently Asked Questions
Checking blood sugar
You can count on quick results, less than 4 seconds.
There are a few ways you can improve blood flow and make blood sugar checks easier:
- Warm your fingers by washing with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry completely.
- Let your arm hang down at your side to increase blood flow to the fingertips.
- Grasp finger just below the joint closest to the fingertip and "milk" or massage gently toward tip of finger, then squeeze for 3 seconds.
- Use an Accu-Chek lancing device set to the right Comfort Dial setting for your skin type. Refer to your User's Guide for additional information.
It's a small sample—just 0.6 microliter.
Your blood glucose can change quickly, especially after eating, taking medication or physical activity. If you test yourself in the morning, then go to your healthcare professional's office for a blood glucose test, your results will probably not match, even if you are fasting. This is typically not a problem with the meter, it just means that time has elapsed and your blood glucose has changed. If you want to compare your meter result to the laboratory result, you must be fasting. Take the meter to your healthcare professional's office and test yourself by fingerstick within 5 minutes of having blood drawn from your arm by a healthcare professional. Keep in mind that the laboratory uses different technology than the meter and that blood glucose meters for self-testing generally read somewhat lower than the laboratory result.
If you are fasting and you do a fingerstick test within 5 minutes of having your blood drawn, here are the general guidelines to compare the meter result to the laboratory result:
- If your blood glucose is below 75 mg/dL, your results generally should fall within ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory result.
- If your blood glucose is equal to or over 75 mg/dL, your results generally should fall within ±20% of the laboratory result.
The Accu-Chek Guide system benefits from strict Roche manufacturing requirements to provide advanced 10/10 accuracy for reliable results you can trust.1
1Data on file. [10/10 accuracy: 95% of measured glucose results shall fall within ±10 mg/dL of lab reference value for blood glucose concentrations <100 mg/dL and within 10% for blood glucose concentrations ≥100 mg/dL.]
Rest assured, Accu-Chek products are still covered by Medicare Part B.1 To preserve your choice and ensure you're not switched to a low-quality product, ask your healthcare provider to always write a branded prescription for Accu-Chek test strips. Click here for more details.
1Coverage may vary based on your condition and other factors.
Test strips, coding and control tests
There's no need to code the meter, so you have fewer steps in testing.
Using test strips that are expired can cause your results to be inaccurate. If your test strips have expired, throw them away and begin using a new vial of strips that are not expired. The expiration date is printed on every vial of test strips.
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses Accu-Chek Guide test strips. It's simple to use the entire end—place a small drop of blood anywhere along the end of the test strip instead of on a tiny spot. In addition, it's simple to take just one strip. The spill-resistant SmartPack vial lets you take one and spill none.
A control test using your meter's specific control solution ensures that you are performing tests correctly and receiving accurate results.
Testing with control solution is much like a blood sugar check, except you fill the window on the test strip with a drop of control solution instead of blood.
Run a control test:
- Before using your meter for the first time
- When you open a new vial of test strips
- If you leave the cap off the vial of test strips
- If you drop the meter
- Whenever your result does not agree with the way you feel
- Whenever you want to check the way you are performing your blood sugar checks
- If you have repeated a test, and the blood sugar result is still lower or higher than expected
- When you want to check the performance of the meter or test strips
Meter care and batteries
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't worry—your information will be saved when you change the batteries.
To replace the batteries:
- Open the battery door on the back of the meter by pushing the tab in the direction of the arrow and pulling the door up.
- Release the old batteries by pressing the indicated button. Remove the old batteries. Slide the new batteries under the black tabs and indicated button, with + side facing up. Replace the battery door and snap it closed.
The meter uses 2 3-volt lithium coin cell batteries (type CR 2032) found in many stores.
The meter is compatible with all Accu-Chek data management tools, including the Accu-Chek Connect diabetes management app and online portal.