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The meter is compatible with all Accu-Chek data management tools, including the Accu-Chek 360o diabetes management system.
Visit your meter's Screen Messages page for a list of messages and definitions or download the User Manual for your meter.
There's no need to load software. Everything you need is already within the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader. Just plug it into a USB port to get started.
The Accu-Chek Active blood glucose meter has a built in USB (Universal Serial Bus) port for transferring test results to a computer that is equipped appropirately. Roche Diabetes Care offers a variety of special diabetes management hardware and software products which enhance the integrated diary functions of your meter. With these hardware and software products, you and your healthcare professional can manage your test results more effectively and use graphs and tables to understand them better.
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses Accu-Chek Guide test strips, which offer an easy-edge dosing area and accurate results with just a small drop of blood. In addition, they come in a spill-resistant SmartPack vial that makes it easy to remove just one strip at a time. The Accu-Chek Guide meter is not compatible with other Accu-Chek test strips. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses Accu-Chek Guide test strips, which offer an easy-edge dosing area and accurate results with just a small drop of blood. In addition, they come in a spill-resistant SmartPack vial that makes it easy to remove just one strip at a time. The Accu-Chek Guide meter is not compatible with other Accu-Chek test strips. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses a new testing platform and benefits from the strict Roche manufacturing requirements to provide reliable, accurate test results. In fact, the Accu-Chek Guide system delivers accuracy beyond the minimum requirement of industry standards. 1 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
Ask your doctor/pharmacist/diabetes specialist for the Accu-Chek Guide meter. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
The Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader reports potential errors during data transfer and use by causing the center display section 8 to flash. Here's what you can do: In the browser navigation, click the Read Device button. The center display section should flash slowly now, indicating that it is actively searching for devices and that it is ready for data transfer. If the error signal continues, you can unplug the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader and plug it back in again. Disregard any Windows error messages about removing the data medium. Try repeating the transfer again. If this error signal occurs again, check the following: Has the meter been properly prepared for data transfer? Is there anything obstructing the signal between the device IR port and the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader? Is the device too far away? Is there any interference from bright lights or sunlight? Often, in the case of error messages associated with data transfer, the issue is interference with data transfer, or a problem with the meter or insulin pump.
To replace the batteries: Open the battery door on the back of the meter by pushing the tab toward the door, and pull the door up and open. Push the “hand” button to release the old batteries, then simply slide them out. With both of the plus signs facing up, slide the new batteries under the black tabs and the hand button. Replace the battery door and snap it closed. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
The Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader is compatible with all Accu-Chek meters and pumps that offer infrared (IR) data transfer functionality.
70% isopropyl alcohol Mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water 10% household bleach solution (1 part bleach plus 9 parts water) made the same day
If the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader fails to appear on the computer as a drive: Check that the blue LED light on the front is lit. Check whether your computer and operating system satisfy the system requirements for the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader system. Check to make sure the USB connector is firmly plugged into the correct socket on the computer. If the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader is still not recognized as a drive, plug the device into a different USB socket. If the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader fails to emit any display signals and if the above tests don't solve the problem, try testing the device on a different computer, if available. If there is still no sign of operation, the device may be faulty.  This also applies if there are error signals flashing in the center of the display that are not associated with data transfer.  Please contact Roche Diabetes Care.
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses two readily available CR2032 lithium coin batteries. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
You can combine results from up to 3 blood glucose monitors at the same time, and have all the information appear on 1 easy to read graph. 
Don’t worry—your information will be saved when you change the batteries. 1According to the ISO 15197:2013 standard, 95% of all bG results must be ±15 mg/dL of the laboratory reference when bG levels are below 100 mg/dL. At bG levels above 100 mg/dL, 95% of all bG results must be within ±15% of the laboratory reference.
Your Accu-Chek lancing device has a special plastic cap designed for testing on other areas of the body. Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you. Note: Do not use the special plastic 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.
Watch this short video to see how easy it is to set the date and time. Your meter comes with the batteries already installed and a preset time and date. You may need to change the time to match your time zone or, if you live in a state that observes daylight saving time, to reflect the time change. To change these settings: Press and release the On/Off button to turn the meter on. The flashing test strip symbol appears. NOTE: If this is the first time your meter has been turned on, it will automatically enter the set-up mode, and "Set-up" and the hour will flash on the display. Skip to Step 3 to change the time or, if the date and time are correct, press and hold the On/Off button to exit the set-up mode. To enter the set-up mode, press and hold the On/Off button for about four seconds. “Set-up” and the hour flash on the display. Press and release the arrows to decrease or increase the hour. Press and hold the arrows to scroll faster. Press and release the On/Off button to set the hour. The minutes flash. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to set the minutes, AM/PM, month, day and year. The flashing field is the one you are changing. Once you set the correct time and date, press and hold the On/Off button until the flashing test strip symbol appears.
Roche goes above and beyond to deliver safe, accurate and dependable products. For every lot of Accu-Chek test strips, containing millions of strips, one out of every 100 vials is tested for consistency of performance Vials representative of the entire lot are tested a second time, some in a lab setting and others with blood from actual people with diabetes to reflect a real-world environment As a result of our quality assurance process, we won’t release affected test strips when any of the samples show a reading outside our accepted limits.
This meter comes with a totally new design, a 30 % size reduction and an improved feature set-up. New features include the postprandial reminder and 90-day average reading. Also, the new meter display is now 10 % bigger and offers easier readability.
The Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meter automatically recognizes Accu-Chek Performa Control Solutions, so running a control test is easier than ever. First, wipe the tip of the control bottle. Then put the meter on a flat surface, insert the strip, and squeeze a drop of the control solution onto the front edge of the test strip. A result appears with a flashing “L”. Press one of the arrow keys once to indicate a Level 1 control test or twice to indicate Level 2. Press the ON/OFF button to set the level in the meter. The control result and “OK” alternate in the display if the result is in range.
The meter uses 1 3-volt lithium coin cell battery (type CR 2032) found in many stores.
There are three types of averages: general, pre-meal and post-meal. To view results and averages, press and release left and right arrows to view stored results. The most recent test result appears on the display. Press the left arrow to view previous test results from newest to oldest. Press the right arrow to view 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day general averages Continue to press the right arrow to view 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day pre-meal and post-meal averages
Yes. If the post-meal reminder marker is selected, the meter will beep 2 hours after the pre-meal test to remind you to perform a post-meal test. You can change the pre-meal test reminder to 1 hour after the pre-meal test.
Yes, it can be used for alternative site testing (AST) by using the specially designed AST cap. When performing AST we recommend using the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device at the: Base of the little finger Base of the thumb Inside of the forearm Check with your doctor to see if and when AST is suitable for you.
Remove the black cap from the lancing device. Attach the clear plastic cap, and twist the rotatable cap until you reach your chosen depth setting. Prime the lancing device, and place the clear cap firmly against the selected site. Press the release button to lance.
No. The lancing device is not designed and intended to be used for AST.
Yes. It is suitable for use with children under 1 year of age and neonates.
No. Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meters are designed exclusively for use with Accu-Chek Performa test strips.
To keep your lancing device in tip-top condition, clean it regularly and wipe off any blood from it immediately. Clean your lancing device from the outside only. Never dip the Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device in water, isopropanol or any other liquid. This may damage internal parts, and impair operation of the lancing device. Follow a weekly cleaning regimen using a cloth moistened with 70% isopropanol or 70% ethanol (available from your pharmacy or chemist). In addition, thoroughly wipe the inside of the cap using a cotton bud moistened with 70% isopropanol. Other substances used for cleaning may attack the plastic and stop the lancing device from operating properly. Do not clean the Accu-Chek Softclix lancets. Allow your Accu-Chek Softclix lancing device enough time to dry thoroughly. Check your package insert for detailed instructions on how to clean the lancing device.
The Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader uses infrared technology to "beam" data from an Accu-Chek blood glucose meter or insulin pump when it is placed in front of the device reader. This simple connectivity means greater convenience and faster downloads for you.
While you can view your results at your computer and e-mail a report, you can't store the readings or manipulate the data, as with other Accu-Chek applications.
When upgrades are available, you can download them from the Accu-Chek Smart Pix page on our Web site. We will also include instructions for upgrading.
There are 2 main differences: The Accu-Chek Active test strip uses a new chemistry, eliminating clinically relevant interferences with maltose. The color of both the test area on the test strip and code chip is now green.
An E4 displays on the meter, indicating not enough blood was drawn into the test strip for measurement or blood was applied after the test had started. You should discard the test strip and repeat the blood sugar test.
Your battery should last for approximately 2,000 tests.
Make sure you have a new 3-volt, lithium battery, number CR2032, to insert. Open the battery door on the back of the meter, remove the old battery for at least 20 seconds, and press any button on the meter. Insert the new battery with the “+” sign facing out. Snap the battery door back into place. Press the on/off button, and the meter will beep. Setup and hour are flashing on the display. If the date and time are correct, press and hold the on/off button for about 4 seconds. Release the button, and you’re done.
With the new Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meters, it is not necessary to delete stored results. Once 500 blood sugar (glucose) results are in the memory, adding a new result causes the oldest one to be deleted.
Always use a new lancet when you obtain blood. In doing this, you reduce the risk of infection and obtaining blood remains virtually pain-free.
The required USB cable is a standard Micro-USB cable available from most electrical retailers; the meter kit does not include a standard Micro-USB cable.
It is not possible to delete stored results.
The meter detects if not enough blood has been applied. If the amount of blood you applied is insufficient, after a few seconds an acoustic warning in the form of 3 beeps sounds. You can then apply an additional amount of blood.
No, check the use by date on the test strip container. Do not use test strips past the use by date.
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.
The Accu-Chek Performa meter is not approved for use in clinical settings in the United States and Canada, although the Accu-Chek Performa meter is cleared to test capillary, venous, arterial, and neonatal blood samples.
Take the following actions: Run warm water over your hands before obtaining blood to increase blood flow. Be sure to dry hands completely. Improve blood flow to the fingers by warming them. Lower hands below your waist level and gently massage the selected finger before obtaining blood. Press the lancing device firmly against the side of your fingertip. After lancing, massage your finger towards the tip to encourage a blood drop to form. If all of the above steps are insufficient, increase the penetration depth of the lancet device by rotating the cap one step at a time.
The device simply plugs into any available USB port. Just plug it in and it's ready to go.