Blood glucose monitoring systems are vital in diabetes management. There are several manufacturers of such glucose monitors like Abbott, Omnis, AgaMatrix, Roche, Bayers, etc who have developed very useful monitoring systems. If you have a product comparison of blood glucose monitoring systems you will find that each one has its own unique features and scores above another in some places while other one is better off in other areas.
Comparison of monitoring systems
Let’s have a comparison of the Companion monitors, Precision Xtra, WaveSense Keynote and FreeStyle Lite monitors.
Companion monitors are like all other monitors. However there is an additional features that makes it stand out and that is of the meter talking to your through every step and reading the results for you. As compared to this the Precision Xtra is a good monitoring system that does not have such a talk with you. However the best feature is that it allows you to use the same monitor and test strips to check blood glucose levels as well as ketone levels. Usually no other meter has such dual purpose. The WaveSense KeyNote is a very user friendly monitor which uses the WaveSense technology allowing it to provide extremely accurate results. The FreeStyle Lite monitors are virtually painless and so easy to use that you can test anytime, anywhere and in a matter of few minutes.
The blood sample size for the Companion is 1.0 micro liter, while that of Keynote is 0.5 micro liters. The Precision Xtra requires about 0.6 micro liter and the FreeStyle Lite requires extremely little amount of 0.3 micro liter.
The storage capacity for all these meters is also different. The FreeStyle Lite stores about 400 test results while Precision Xtra can store 450 test results. The WaveSense Keynote and Companion meters have capacity to store just about 300 test results.
The testing time also varies. The Companion takes about 6 seconds of test time while the Precision Xtra just needs 5 seconds. The WaveSense Keynote is marketed as being as fast as saying 1-2-3.
The Precision Xtra test strip design enables least interference from certain medication that the user may be taking. If the person is taking aspirin, acetaminophen or vitamin C then they would not affect the test results nor affect the accuracy of results. The Precision Xtra is extremely fast and tests B-ketone. The B-ketones are the most important ketone bodies that have to be checked and controlled in your blood system. The ketone test using this monitor is 3 times faster than before and requires 70% less blood. There is also a feature that enables you to easily upgrade to any new strip technology. The WaveSense is a great technology of a suite of digital signal processing and Dynamic ElectroChemistry technologies. This is why the results are extremely accurate.
In spite of these differences most monitors have approval for multi-site testing. However, all warn you to use finger tip testing for hypoglycemia patients. Most do not require coding. Thus the probability of errors is very low. With trigger systems or visual indicators you do not take erroneous blood samples which may mean loss of test strip.
The product comparison of blood glucose monitoring systems gives us an idea of the vast amount of developments in these meters and their use for regular monitoring as per your needs.