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Re: [IP] New Cartdridge-Based Meter???
- Subject: Re: [IP] New Cartdridge-Based Meter???
- From: email @ redacted
- Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:04:18 EDT
In a message dated 05/17/1999 11:43:39 AM Central Daylight Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< While looking at the Sunday Orlando Sentinel, I came across a
Walgreen's ad for a new type of glucometer that uses cartridges instead
of strips. If anyone has had any experience with such a device, please
post a reply, or e-mail me directly, as I would like to see if this
would be better than using my One Touch II 4-8 times daily.
This would be the DEX meter by Glucometer/Bayer. I have had one for about a
month. It has it's pros and cons as any meter does. I am currently
comparing this meter to a FastTake to determine which I will stick with.
You don't have to load individual strips, instead, you change cartridges
after 10 tests.
Pro: You don't have to carry a bottle of strips with you if the cartridge
has enough tests left for the time period. It takes less time to "set up"
for a test. You don't have to calibrate with each new batch of strips.
Con. It takes longer to change the cartridges than to insert a strip.
Instead of strips, you may have to carry cartridges. Sizewise you could put
one in your back pocket but I don;t know if this would be good for it. The
cartridge always seems to run out at the most inappropriate times (Murphy's
Conclusion: pay now or pay later (time wise)
I have heard people say they have had problems with accuracy. I have not had
this problem. It is sensitive to technique. You have to make sure you have
enough blood in it or you will receive a false low reading. You also have to
keep it level while it counts down. I just hold mine since I am rarely near
a flat surface.
It uses a "pull" rather than drop method of gathering blood. It also feels
rather awkward at first, upside down from what I was used to. You poke your
finger so the blood is facing up (rather than down to drip it). You then
position the DEX so the tip of the "strip" is right above the drop. It
"sips" the blood up similar to a straw.
Let's see, what else is there... It is small, easily fits in the palm of
your hand (good). They have an interface cable and software available however
they charge $30 for it (bad). It also comes with a lancet device which is
unbelievably gentle (good). It gives you the results in 30 seconds and has
memory for 100 tests with date and time (good). The case is waaaayyyy too
big for it (bad). It gives you 5 different averages (great). It cost me
about $12 after rebates.
Hope this answers your questions.
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