Introduction Self-monitoring of blood glucose concentrations is a common practice in the routine management of diabetic patients (1). Several devices are now available for monitoring glucose concentration in whole blood. Visually readable strips and reflectance photometers are widely used. While glucose determination by means of visual assessment of the test strips is limited to range-related comparison of developed colour, blood glucose meters are able to display continuous values. The reflectance photometers have undergone extensive modification in the past few years, and "improved versions" of Eur. J. Clin. Chem. Clin. Biochem. / Vol. 31,1993 / No. 12 reflectance photometers of several manufacturers are on the market. We assessed the performance of five such instruments: Reflolux S (Boehringer Mannheim Canada Ltd., Dorval, Quebec), Accutrend (Boehringer Mannheim Canada Ltd, Dorval, Quebec), One Touch II (Lifescan Inc., Mountain View, CA 94043), Glucometer Gx (Arnes Division, Miles Laboratories, Etobicoke, Ontario) and Glucocard (Menarini Diagnostics, DIG Kyoto, Kagaku Co. Ltd. Japan). Although an evaluation of these instruments under working conditions (bedside or ambulatory monitoring) is certainly preferable, this is hard to carry out due to logistic (sample volume needed to perform all the experiments) and ethical restraints (numerous punctures, duration of the examination). We
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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