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Frequently Asked Questions

Meter care and battery

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.

  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water
  • 10% household bleach solution (1 part bleach plus 9 parts water) made the same day

Be sure to clean the areas around slots and openings, while being careful not to get any moisture in them. You should also wipe down the entire meter surface, including the meter display.

General questions

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.

The system automatically detects when enough blood has been applied to the strip and begins the test, even if some yellow is still visible. The only time you need to apply more blood is when the blood drop symbol continues to flash in the display.

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. 

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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.