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ACCU-CHEK® Advantage meter system

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

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

Certain substances can interfere with the ACCU-CHEK Advantage 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NOTICE: The following U.S. Patents which may be marked on certain ACCU-CHEK® products have expired or are otherwise no longer in force and are no longer a part of any restricted, limited patent license in which any of them may have been included: 4,891,319; 4,924,879; 4,963,814; 4,999,582;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.

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

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Comparing meters

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

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

Fortunately, many long-time ACCU-CHEK Advantage 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 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.

How do I fill the test strip?

You may pick up the meter, turn the meter or move the meter to the edge of a table to make it easier to touch the yellow window to the blood drop. Be sure the yellow window is completely filled with blood.

If any yellow color is still visible after blood has been applied, a second drop of blood can be applied to edge of same strip within 15 seconds of the first drop. If more than 15 seconds have passed, the test result may be wrong and the test strip should be discarded and the test repeated.

How do I know if I have applied enough blood to the strip?

The test strip has been adequately filled if the entire yellow window is filled with blood.

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 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.

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

  1. Press and release the On/Off button to turn the meter on. Wait for the flashing test strip or "---".
  2. Press and hold the On/Off button until "set" appears, and then release it. The word "On" and the beeper symbol appear.
  3. Press and release the On/Off button to see the hour flash in the upper left corner.
  4. Press and release the left or right arrow buttons to change the hour.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to set the minutes, month, day and year. (The flashing number is the one that can be changed.)
  6. Press and hold down the On/Off button to finish setup. The flashing test strip appears.

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

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.

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 doctor 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 Advantage blood glucose meter Owner's Booklet provides step-by-step details about all the features of this blood glucose meter.

English Version

Spanish Version

 

 

English Version

Spanish Version

 

 

English Version

Spanish Version

 

 

English Version

Spanish Version

 

 

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Test strips for the ACCU-CHEK® Advantage 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 the end of a test strip with the silver bars into the meter so the yellow window is facing you. The meter will turn on automatically. Make sure the code on the meter matches the test strip vial. Once the blood drop symbol appears, use the lancing device to prick the side of a fingertip. Gently squeeze the fingertip to produce a small drop of blood.

Gently hold the blood drop against the side of the test strip so the yellow window fills with blood. Once the yellow window fills completely, an hourglass will appear in the display. If there is still some yellow showing, you have 15 seconds to add more blood.

The hourglass will disappear and your result will be displayed.

 

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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.

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.