Blood Glucose Meter Problems

MEGriff1950
By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2011-09-16 11:39:51 -0500
Started 2011-09-14 14:52:17 -0500

I got 2 bad meters from the same company, both read about 40 high. I think it would be a good idea to test all new meters either against your old meter and with the meter that your doctors offices uses. The bad meters that I got had the test solution and according to the test they were fine. BUT running them against my actual blood test in the doctors office they were 36 off. If you go low and your meter does not show it you could end up in big trouble. My bad meter read 121 when I went hypoglycemic.
:) Mary


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Doryian
Doryian 2011-09-16 11:39:51 -0500 Report

I use the Glucocard Vital. I found it on a popular diabetic supplies website. Research on the company shows that they've won a few awards on their meters (for what that's worth). I did a review on this site to try to get some feedback from other users - but no one responded. So, I'm not sure how popular the meter is. The meter and strips are cheaper than Reli-on - but you have to order it on-line. The comparison I did between the Glucocard and the Breeze I was given at the hospital showed 1 point difference. I hope it's a good meter and working well. I'll find out when I get my first A1C back. <3

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2011-09-15 00:02:28 -0500 Report

I think it is more common that people get a bad batch of test strips as opposed to the meter itself being inaccurate. Unfortunately, if one of the test strips is bad, the whole batch is likely to be inaccurate. From what I can tell, meters are pretty much "dumb" devices. If that weren't the case, meters wouldn't be so cheap (or free) and test strips wouldn't be so expensive. You might want to check the expiration date on the test strips or change pharmacies if you keep running into the same problem. Being stored on the shelf a long time or being exposed to excessive heat or cold can easily mess up a batch of test strips and some pharmacies are more careful in shipping and storing their merchandise than others.

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 00:09:02 -0500 Report

The over readings were from the strips that came from both meters, one that was shipped direct from the company. I also tested with strips from 2 new boxes. The expiration dates on the boxes of strips if Feb 2013. I do not trust that brand of meter.

diabetesfree
diabetesfree 2011-09-15 01:08:47 -0500 Report

One of the problems may be that meters themselves are not stored or transported as carefully as prescription medications and test strips alone usually are. Thus, the test strips that come with meters are more likely to be damaged or old by the time you get them. Same goes with the test solution that comes in the same package. This is especially true if they are set on a shelf that is exposed to sunlight or put in an unheated/uncooled storage facility. Your best bet would be to get a batch of known good strips to check in a new meter.

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