Where can I find out what an error code or screen message is telling me?
Visit your meter' Screen Messages page for a list of messages and definitions or download the User Manual for your meter.
How do I set or change the time and date on my meter?
Watch this short video to see how easy it is to set the date and time. Your meter comes with the batteries already installed and a preset time and date. You may need to change the time to match your time zone or, if you live in a state that observes daylight saving time, to reflect the time change. To change these settings: Press and release the On/Off button to turn the meter on. The flashing test strip symbol appears. NOTE: If this is the first time your meter has been turned on, it will automatically enter the set-up mode, and "Set-up" and the hour will flash on the display. Skip to Step 3 to change the time or, if the date and time are correct, press and hold the On/Off button to exit the set-up mode. To enter the set-up mode, press and hold the On/Off button for about four seconds. “Set-up” and the hour flash on the display. Press and release the arrows to decrease or increase the hour. Press and hold the arrows to scroll faster. Press and release the On/Off button to set the hour. The minutes flash. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to set the minutes, AM/PM, month, day and year. The flashing field is the one you are changing. Once you set the correct time and date, press and hold the On/Off button until the flashing test strip symbol appears.
How do I change the battery in my Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meter?
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.
What can I use to clean and disinfect the meter?
70% isopropyl alcohol Mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water 10% household bleach solution (1 part bleach plus 9 parts water) made the same day
Can I use a test strip from another Accu-Chek system in the Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meter?
No. Accu-Chek Performa blood glucose meters are designed exclusively for use with Accu-Chek Performa test strips.
What test strips are used with the Accu-Chek Guide meter?
The Accu-Chek Guide system uses Accu-Chek Guide test strips, which offer an easy-edge dosing area and accurate results with just a small drop of blood. In addition, they come in a spill-resistant SmartPack vial that makes it easy to remove just one strip at a time. The Accu-Chek Guide meter is not compatible with other Accu-Chek test strips.
Can I use an expired test strip?
No, check the use by date on the test strip container. Do not use test strips past the use by date.
What Accu-Chek products can be used with Accu-Chek 360° software?
Accu-Chek Active meter Accu-Chek Performa meter Accu-Chek Aviva meter Accu-Chek Nano SmartView system Accu-Chek Performa Nano meter Accu-Chek Compact meter Accu-Chek Go meter Accu-Chek Integra meter Accu-Chek Compact Plus meter Accu-Chek Mobile meter Accu-Chek Aviva/Performa Expert meter Accu-Chek Insight system Accu-Chek Insight Aviva/Performa diabetes manager Accu-Chek Aviva/Performa Connect meter Accu-Chek Voicemate Plus meter Accu-Chek Spirit insulin pump Accu-Chek Combo system Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pump Accu-Chek D-TRON plus insulin pump Accu-Chek Connect Online system
What software can I use to download data from my Accu-Chek Combo system?
The system is compatible with the Accu-Chek 360° diabetes management system, Accu-Chek Connect and the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader.
What do the error signals mean?
The Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader reports potential errors during data transfer and use by causing the center display section 8 to flash. Here's what you can do: In the browser navigation, click the Read Device button. The center display section should flash slowly now, indicating that it is actively searching for devices and that it is ready for data transfer. If the error signal continues, you can unplug the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader and plug it back in again. Disregard any Windows error messages about removing the data medium. Try repeating the transfer again. If this error signal occurs again, check the following: Has the meter been properly prepared for data transfer? Is there anything obstructing the signal between the device IR port and the Accu-Chek Smart Pix device reader? Is the device too far away? Is there any interference from bright lights or sunlight? Often, in the case of error messages associated with data transfer, the issue is interference with data transfer, or a problem with the meter or insulin pump.
Can I use the Accu-Chek Combo system while undergoing an airport scanner / full body scanner?
Due to the design, there is no risk for the user to wear the Accu-Chek Spirit Combo pump in an area with those static fields. If a magnetic disturbance occurs, the pump will alarm the user with an auditory and tactile warning (beep and vibration) and display an “E7” electronic error message. In this safe mode the insulin delivery is stopped immediately. After error confirmation the pump can again be started by the patient. Theoretically a strong magnetic field can lead to a permanent defect in the pump but we have no known case of such defect.
Do I need to code the Accu-Chek Aviva Combo meter?
The Accu-Chek Aviva/Performa Combo meter offers simple 1-time coding. You'll see that the red-and-white test strip package includes a black code key. Your meter should already have a black code key inserted. Just leave it in place. Your meter is already coded.