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Frequently Asked Questions

Testing blood sugar (glucose)

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.

Meter care and battery

Visit your meter's Screen Messages page for a list of messages and definitions or download the User Manual (insert appropriate link) for your meter.

Test Strips and control tests

No. Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meters are designed exclusively for use with Accu-Chek Performa test strips.

No, check the use by date on the test strip container. Do not use test strips past the use by date.

Performing a control test lets the user know the meter and test strips are working properly. Perform a control test when:

  • You open a new test strip box
  • You left the test strip container open
  • You think the test strips are damaged
  • You want to check the meter and test strips
  • The test strips were stored in extreme temperatures, humidity, or both
  • You dropped the meter
  • Your test result does not match how you feel
  • You want to check if you are performing the test correctly

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.

In the same way that fresh blood should always be used for testing, fresh control solution should be used to prevent a contaminated control drop. Control solution should always be wiped from the tip of the bottle so that only what is in the bottle itself is used for the test.

Control test values will not be in the user-accessible memory. However, they will be stored in the downloadable memory.

Special features

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

To mark a test result or set a post-meal reminder:

  1. Perform a test. The result appears on the display.
  2. Leave the test strip in the meter. Press and release or to toggle through test result markers and the post-meal reminder:
    • Pre -meal marker
    • Pre-meal marker with post-meal reminder
    • Post-meal marker
    • General marker
  3. When the marker or test reminder you wish to select appears on the display, remove the test strip from the meter.

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.

You can set up to 4 test reminders per day. At the set reminder time, the meter will beep every 2 minutes, up to 3 times per reminder. The meter will not beep if the meter is on at the reminder time, or if a test has been run within 30 minutes of the reminder time.

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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.