The first glucometer I used is the Accu-Chek Aviva. First, I must say that the company behind this product, Roche Diagnostics, is incredibly helpful. I had occasion to call their support when I dropped my first lancer and broke it. Not only did they replace the lancer, but the agent on the phone was extremely helpful and concerned for my welfare. From a support perspective, I highly recommend Accu-Chek products and the support team behind them. I also need to point out that I have tried various lancers ... the only one that I will consider for the time being is the Accu-Chek Multiclix – note the Freestyle lancer is small, and I used it when starting with the Freestyle Insulinx meter - it is as pain-free as the Multiclix. I may switch to the Freestyle lancer after I use up the 400 or so lancets I have for the Multiclix.
Along with the Freestyle product line, I would rate the Accu-Check products as the most innovative available. Some of the key innovations:
- Multiclix features a "load-and-go" drum containins six needles. There are no plastic tops to snap off and risk injury ... and no risk of injuring anyone else on disposal. The needles are self-contained in the drum when new and self-contained in the drum when used. Pop it in, use the six needles and pop it out.
- Accu-Chek Compact Plus. Another all-in-one feature similar to the drum needles. In this case, the test strips are a "load-and-go" drum with 17 test strips. No more bulky container to carry around, and the lancer is even attached to the meter. Absolutely innovative. For those of us carrying around all the diabetes "junk", this is outstanding.
- Accu-Chek Mobile. Similar to the Compact Plus, the drum contains 50 test strips. I would love to test one of these Mobile meters.
- Outstanding support and education. Anytime I have ever had any support requests, I get someone live immediately with superb people skills (they are well trained support reps). Anytime I have ever needed additional information, I have found videos online that the company has made and every one of them spot on for clarity and relevance.
The Accu-Chek Aviva’s form factor fits nicely in the hand. It is light at 60g. The meter holds the last 500 readings and has 7, 14, and 30 day trend reports. It is powered by one CR2032. Testing three times a day, the battery should last about one year. The meter will power on automatically when a test strip is inserted and will shut down within five seconds when the test strip is removed. You can power on the meter manually with dedicated power button to review memory results and trend reports. This meter also has other automatic power off features: auto off after 2 minutes if meteris not used, auto off after 5 seconds when the test strip is removed; and auto off 90 seconds if a test strip is not removed.
Testing is simple: insert a strip, add your droplet of blood (0.6 uL), and wait a few seconds. No buttons to press for blood test readings. There is a power button, and a directional buttons to view memory results. The screen is high contrast with large numbers for those visually challenged.
To connect the Accu-Chek Aviva to a computer, you will need to get additional software and an Infra-Red cable to connect to your computer. I have not tried this functionality, but would easily assume it is as reliable and easy to use as all other Accu-Chek (Roche) products.
The Accu-Chek Aviva, like all meters, comes with a basic ballistic nylon zip up case. The case holds the meter, test strip canister, lancer, and has a mesh pocket for accessories like disinfectant wipes, spare lancet drums, spare batteries, etc.
The Accu-Chek Aviva meter that I got (in 2010) included the MultiClix lancing device – (as shown in the right picture) this lancing device is absolutely my favourite. Unfortunately, the newer versions of this meter include the SoftClix lancing device that use individual lancets. On the plus side, The Aviva meter from Accu-Chek (Roche), like all of the Accu-Chek meters, is is incredibly accurate and reliable.
I highly recommend the Accu-Chek Aviva glucometer.