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Frequently Asked Questions

Meter care and battery

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.

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

The meter includes an additional internal battery that retains the time and date for up to 72 hours. So when the battery is changed, no memory is lost.

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.

Cleaning is simply removing dirt from the meter, while disinfecting refers to removal of most but not all, disease-causing and other types of microorganisms.

Special features

No, the meter will no longer provide an automatic warning message telling you that your vial of test strips will soon expire or lock you out once they have expired.

General questions

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. Find out more on our Meter Accuracy page. (insert appropriate link)

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.

Testing blood sugar (glucose)

There are a few ways you can improve blood flow and make blood sugar testing 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 massage gently toward tip of finger, then squeeze for 3 seconds. Use an Accu-Chek lancing device set to the right penetration depth for your skin type. Refer to your User's Guide for additional information.

It's a small sample—just 0.6 microliter.

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Accu-Chek Performa

Item Description

The Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meter makes testing your blood sugar quick and easy. It’s ready to use right out of the box, requiring no set-up. Each meter uses Accu-Chek Performa test strips and an Accu-Chek lancing device. Helpful alerts remind you to test before and after meals, giving you valuable information to support therapy decisions for a healthy active life.

Product Manuals

DISPLAY

Large LCD

RESULTS

5 seconds

EASY

No coding. No set-up.

SAMPLE

Tiny: 0.6µL

WEIGHT

59g with battery

Benefits and Features
  • Large, easy-to-read LCD display
  • Used with easy-to-handle Accu-Chek® Performa test strips
  • An Accu-Chek lancing device may be purchased separately
  • Tiny blood sample: only 0.6µL of blood required
  • Fast results in 5 seconds
  • No coding needed, making the testing process quicker and easier
  • No set-up required. It’s ready to use right out of the box
  • Set up to 4 pre- or post-meal alerts, so you never forget to test
  • Automatically turns on when you insert a test strip
  • Saves energy by turning off automatically when you’re finished testing
  • Time and memory are saved for up to 72 hours if the battery is removed
Additional specifications
Serial number:

Unique serial number printed on a label on the device and stored in non-volatile memory

Measuring principle:

Mutant variant of quinoprotein glucose dehydrogenase (Mut. Q-GDH), electrochemical

Measuring time:

Approximately 5 seconds

Measuring conditions:

Temperature: 8°C to 44°C (46°F to 111°F)

Storage conditions:

-25°C to + 70°C (-13°F to +158°F)

Memory capacity:

Up to 500 total results, plus 20 control tests

Test averages:

7, 14, 30 and 90 days

Data transfer:

Infrared (IR)

Dimensions:

94 x 52 x 21 mm

Weight:

59 g with battery

Display:

Large LCD display with symbols

Beep tone:

Yes (factory setting ON)

Battery:

1 battery, 3V type 2032

Battery life:

Approximately 2,000 measurements

Auto power off:

After 2 minutes undisturbed with strip inserted, or if powered on but left undisturbed for 2 minutes

Underdosing detection:

Yes

Altitude independence:

0 to 3,094 m (0 to 10,150 ft.)

Sample size:

0.6 µL

Measuring range:

10 mg/dL – 600 mg/dL
 

Sample types:

Capillary, venous, arterial, and neonate

Sample dosing:

Capillary fill function

Hematocrit range:

10 to 65%

Test strip stability:

18 months after production date; test strips remain stable up to expiry date printed on test strip vial, even after opening (test strip container must be closed tightly after each test strip is removed)

How to use the Accu-Chek Performa

Get accurate results in 3 steps:

  1. Insert your test strip into the meter and it turns on automatically.
  2. Apply your blood sample to the easy-to-see yellow window. Only 1 small drop is needed.
  3. In approximately 5 seconds, your test results will appear in the easy-to-read display.