A new generation of blood glucose meters is now available for use by people with diabetes and health professionals, but little independent evaluation data is available. Previous models are prone to a variety of errors. We compared the accuracy, precision and features of the six latest meters available in Australia as of 1996. Meters studied were the Mini-Accutrend and Advantage (Boehringer Mannheim), Precision QID and Companion 2 (MediSense), Glucometer Elite (Bayer) and Lynx (National Diagnostic Products). We measured the blood glucose levels of 50 people with diabetes with these meters, and compared them to a reference method (YSI glucose analyser). Error grid analysis confirmed that accuracy of all meters was sufficient for their intended use as patient monitors. Precision was assessed using 25 samples from control solutions provided for each meter, and the coefficient of variation calculated. Improvements in strip and meter technology in some models have increased ease of use and reduced the likelihood of user error. This study, when considered with individual preferences for various features and price should assist patients in choosing a new blood glucose meter.
Field of Research
111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category
C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal