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ACCU-CHEK® Active meter system

Test strips for the ACCU-CHEK® Active meter have been discontinued
Please check out our current meters and click here for a free upgrade to the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system.

ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system
Makes everyday testing easy, fast and convenient.

ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView system
Small, bright and fits into your life.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Your health and safety are always our top priority

Certain substances can interfere with the ACCU-CHEK Active blood glucose system and cause falsely high results. For example, if you use peritoneal dialysis solutions containing icodextrin (such as EXTRANEAL®), take certain immunoglobulin therapies that contain maltose (such as Octagam® 5%, WinRho® SDF Liquid or HepaGam B) or use other therapies that contain or metabolize to maltose (such as Orencia®, ADEPT® or BEXXAR®), your glucose reading will be inaccurate.

The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus test strip used with the current ACCU-CHEK Aviva meter, the ACCU-CHEK SmartView test strip used with the ACCU-CHEK Nano meter, and the ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus test strip and meter deliver accurate test results in the presence of maltose.

For more information, please check the insert provided with your product.

For more information about EXTRANEAL (Icodextrin) and blood glucose testing, visit the Baxter Glucose Safety Web site.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following U.S. Patents which may be marked on certain ACCU-CHEK® products have expired or are otherwise no longer in force and are no longer a part of any restricted, limited patent license in which any of them may have been included: 4,891,319; 4,924,879; 4,963,814; 4,999,582; 4,999,632; 5,053,199; Re.36,268; 5,206,147; 5,240,860; and 5,318,584/Re.35,803.

1Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.
2Coverage may vary based on your condition and other factors.

 

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Comparing meters

If I'm happy with my ACCU-CHEK Active meter, why should I consider a new system?

Test strips for the ACCU-CHEK® Active meter have been discontinued.

Fortunately, many long-time ACCU-CHEK Active users have found that they're even happier with the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system, which is designed to give you greater confidence in the accuracy of your blood sugar results.

The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system features:

  • ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus meter—easy to use right out of the box
  • ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus test strips, which offer advanced accuracy
  • ACCU-CHEK Softclix lancing device—uses the same technology as the ACCU-CHEK FastClix device, which has been proven least painful1

Click here for a free upgrade to the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system.

1Ranked first most often versus leading competitors. Data on file.

Are ACCU-CHEK blood glucose meters covered by insurance?

All ACCU-CHEK products are covered on most healthcare plans and Medicare1 to help you save money on test strips.

1Coverage may vary based on your condition and other factors.

 

Checking blood sugar

How can I make it easier to get a drop of blood?

There are a few ways you can improve blood flow and make blood sugar checks easier:

  1. Warm your fingers by washing with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry completely.
  2. Let your arm hang down at your side to increase blood flow to the fingertips.
  3. Grasp finger just below the joint closest to the fingertip and "milk" or massage gently toward tip of finger, then squeeze for 3 seconds.
  4. 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.

How long does the system take to check blood sugar?

You can count on quick, 5-second results if the blood sample is applied with the strip in the meter, and results in 10 seconds if the strip is removed to apply the blood sample.

How large is the sample size for a blood sugar check?

It's a small sample—just 1.0 microliter.

How do I apply a blood sample to the test strip while it is out of the meter?

Yes, this is called out-of-meter dosing. Insert the test strip with the orange pad facing up until it clicks into place. Then prick a cleansed fingertip. Remove the test strip from the meter. Within 20 seconds, apply a drop of blood to the center of the square orange pad. Reinsert the test strip into the meter and wait for your result.

Can I double dose the ACCU-CHEK Active meter?

No, double dosing should not be necessary given the very small, 1-microliter sample size.

Can I use a blood sample from other areas on my body?

Yes. In addition to the fingertip, the ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus, ACCU-CHEK Aviva, ACCU-CHEK Compact and ACCU-CHEK Active systems 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.

 

How do I run a blood sugar check on a non-fingertip site?

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

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

  • Use the clear cap instead of the black plastic cap.
  • You may need a deeper setting. Try 3 for palm testing or 5-1/2 for forearm, upper arm, thigh or calf testing. (These are suggested settings, yours may differ.)
  • Press the opening of the clear 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.

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

 

How do I know if I've inserted the diabetes test strip correctly?

A blood drop symbol will begin flashing on the meter's display when the test strip is inserted correctly.

Test strips, coding and control tests

What happens if I use expired test strips?

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.

How do I code the meter?

It is important to match each new vial of test strips to your meter. This is called coding. With the meter turned off, insert the orange code key included with the new vial of test strips until it snaps into place. When you insert a test strip, a 3-digit code will appear on the display. Make sure this number matches the number on your vial of test strips.

What are control tests?

A control test using the your meter's specific control solution ensures that you are performing tests correctly and receiving accurate results.

Testing with control solution is just 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

How do I turn the meter on and off?

The ACCU-CHEK Active Meter turns on automatically when a test strip is inserted. It turns off when the test strip is removed.

How do I set the time and date on my meter?

  1. With the meter off, press S (the "Set" button).
  2. Press M (the "Memory" button) to change the time format (12- or 24-hour).
  3. Press S. The hour will flash. Press M to change the hour. You may hold the M button down to scroll forward quickly.
  4. Repeat step 3 to change the minutes, year, month, day and beeper setting (on or off). Leaving the beeper on is recommended.
  5. Press S twice to finish setup and turn off the meter.

How long will the batteries last in my meter?

Your batteries should last for approximately 1,000 tests.

What type of battery is used?

The meter uses 1 3-volt lithium coin cell battery (type CR 2032) found in many stores.

Is the memory lost when the batteries are removed?

When the batteries are changed, no memory is lost, but the date and time will require resetting.

How do I clean my meter and how often?

Your ACCU-CHEK meter does not require any internal cleaning. If meter has blood on the outside, you may clean it by wiping with a soft cloth that has been slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol) or a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. Do not get moisture into the code key slot or in the test strip opening.

Special features

What software may be used with my ACCU-CHEK blood glucose monitor?

The meter is compatible with all ACCU-CHEK data management tools, including the ACCU-CHEK 360o diabetes management system.

General questions

Are ACCU-CHEK blood glucose meters covered by insurance?

All ACCU-CHEK products are covered on most healthcare plans and Medicare1 to help you save money on test strips.

1Coverage may vary based on your condition and other factors.

 

Will changes to Medicare Part B affect coverage of ACCU-CHEK products?

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.

How should my meter checks compare with lab results?

Because your monitor and lab tests don't measure the same thing, these numbers are likely to vary. Lab tests generally test plasma, but a meter uses whole blood. As a result, even if you take both tests at the exact same time, your meter is likely to show a lower number than the lab results. This is perfectly acceptable, and your healthcare professional will already be factoring this in.

Are there any conditions where ACCU-CHEK blood glucose systems may not be suitable?

Yes, certain substances can interfere with some ACCU-CHEK blood glucose systems and cause falsely high results. For example, if you use peritoneal dialysis solutions containing icodextrin (such as EXTRANEAL®), take certain immunoglobulin therapies that contain maltose (such as Octagam® 5%, WinRho® SDF Liquid or HepaGam B) or use other therapies that contain or metabolize to maltose (such as Orenica®, ADEPT® or BEXXAR®), your glucose reading will be inaccurate.

The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus test strip used with the ACCU-CHEK Aviva meter, the ACCU-CHEK SmartView test strip used with the ACCU-CHEK Nano meter, and the ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus test strip used with an ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus meter deliver accurate test results in the presence of maltose.

Owner's Booklet

The ACCU-CHEK Active blood glucose meter Owner's Booklet provides step-by-step details about all the features of this blood glucose meter.

Open the ACCU-CHEK Active blood glucose meter Owner's Booklet:

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Test strips for the ACCU-CHEK® Active meter have been discontinued
Please check out our current meters and click here for a free upgrade to the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Plus system.













Checking blood glucose

Insert a new test strip into the meter until it clicks into place. The orange pad should face up and the arrows should point toward the meter. The meter will automatically turn on.

Verify that the code number on display matches code number on test strip container, then test strip and flashing blood drop symbols 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. Touch the blood drop to the center of the square orange pad until an hourglass appears. Your results will then appear in the display.

The meter turns off automatically when you remove the test strip.

Out-of-meter dosing

Once the test strip and flashing blood drop symbols are displayed, remove the test strip from meter. Apply blood to the test strip and reinsert it into the meter within approximately 20 seconds.

Alternate site testing

To check blood sugar from a non-fingertip site, place the clear plastic ACCU-CHEK® Softclix 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.

 

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Lancing products

ACCU-CHEK Softclix lancing device: Offers the same technology as the ACCU-CHEK FastClix device, which has been proven least painful,1 and 11 customizable depth settings.

Data management

ACCU-CHEK 360° diabetes management system: Automatic, one-click downloads, graphing of comprehensive health data and simple print, fax and email functions make it easy to be on the same page with your healthcare team.

Cables and adapters

ACCU-CHEK 360° replacement cable: Order a replacement or extra USB cable for downloading blood sugar results and insulin pump data to your PC. For the ACCU-CHEK 360° diabetes management system, click here.

ACCU-CHEK IR cable: Use this cable to transfer stored results from your ACCU-CHEK Compact or ACCU-CHEK Active meter (or the ACCU-CHEK Advantage meter with an ACCU-CHEK IR Key) to ACCU-CHEK Compass software.

Alert

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following U.S. Patents which may be marked on certain ACCU-CHEK® products have expired or are otherwise no longer in force and are no longer a part of any restricted, limited patent license in which any of them may have been included: 4,891,319; 4,924,879; 4,963,814; 4,999,582; 4,999,632; 5,053,199; Re.36,268; 5,206,147; 5,240,860; and 5,318,584/Re.35,803.

1Ranked first most often versus leading competitors. Data on file.

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A hand-held device for testing and measuring blood sugar levels. A drop of blood is placed on a small strip inserted in the meter. The meter quickly calculates and displays the blood sugar level. Also known as a blood glucose monitor.

A simple sugar created by the breakdown of carbohydrates in food. Glucose is the body's source of quick energy. On this site, we use "blood glucose" and "blood sugar" interchangeably.

A pen-like device that pricks the skin with fine needle, or lancet, to obtain a blood sample for testing.

Performing blood glucose tests on other parts of your body, such as the palm, forearm or upper arm.*

 

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