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The Accu-check Aviva is an easy-to-use-straight-out-of-the-box, blood glucose monitor with an excellent lancet. It is one of the most popular blood glucose monitors in the U.K. Made by Roche, one of the biggest names in diabetic care, it is a small and affordable gadget that for many, will serve as their introduction to blood glucose monitoring and live in their back-up bag for a long time to come.

Product Information

Retailer: Amazon +

Price: ± £30 (varying price depending on availability)
Included: 1x Monitor, 10x Accu-chek Aviva Test Strips, a Fastclix Finger Pricker with sample Lancet Drums in a zipped carry-case.

About Roche

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc., the maker of Accu-Chek products, is a leading provider of blood sugar monitoring systems and insulin pumps. The company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and “offers a broad range of diagnostic tests and systems that play a pivotal role in the groundbreaking area of integrated healthcare solutions. Our products cover the early detection, targeted screening, evaluation and monitoring of a variety of health issues.”*

Design

It is a simple, well designed blood glucose monitor that works reliably straight out of the box. It is a basic meter that only tests blood glucose. It does not provide bolus advice for multiple injection insulin users, neither does it test for ketones. We have found it to be a great back-up for Type 1 Diabetes as well as useful for anyone with Type 2 Diabetes who regularly check their glucose levels. It can also be useful to test blood glucose for anyone at high risk of developing diabetes or who are prediabetic.

Features

  • Date and time sets automatically
  • Four separate alarms included as reminders to test blood glucose
  • Target age: Suitable for all ages
  • Target Gender: Gender neutral design
  • It is not waterproof and the case supplied is not reinforced or waterproof.
  • Accessibility: Easy to use with an intuitive design and interface.

Environment & People

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Cost-Effective

It is a highly cost-effective choice. Regular diabetic equipment is usually supplied by health services or covered by health insurance, but obtaining a blood glucose monitor when you are not eligible or as a back-up to the prescribed system, is common. The Accu-Check system is made by one of the biggest names in the diabetic industry, it’s reliable, accurate and quite sturdy. The consumables can add up, but it uses the same lancet and strips as the Accu-Check Aviva Expert, which is commonly prescribed in the U.K. for multiple-injection insulin therapy, making it possible to use the same consumables on both devices.

Specification

Dimensions: 94 x 52 x 21 mm
Weight: 59 g with battery
Sample Size: 0.6 µL
Power Supply: one 3-volt lithium battery (type CR2032)
Battery life: approximately 1000 readings (1 year with 3 tests per day)
Measurement Time: Approximately 5 seconds
System Operating Conditions: 8°C to 44°C (46°F to 111°F)
Meter Storage Conditions: -25°C to +70°C (-13°F to +158°F)
Memory: Up to 500 total results, plus 20 control tests
Construction: Handheld
Data transfer: Infrared (IR)
Test Principle: Electrochemical
Test Averages: 7, 14, 30 and 90 days
Colour: Black
Decibels: Quiet in use
Display: LCD
Auto Power Off: After 2 minutes undisturbed with strip inserted, or if powered on but left undisturbed for 2 minutes.

Requirements

* Uses single-use test Strips available from Amazon for ±£21 for a pack of 50 strips.
* The Fastclix Finger Pricker included uses Fastclix Lancet Drums. Lancets can be changed with each use or for those who test multiple times a day, switching to a new lancet daily is generally recommended. Lancet drums contain 6 lancets per drum and is available from Amazon for ±£16 for a pack of 34 drums which contain 204 lancets.

accucheckavivaVerdict

The Accu-check Aviva Blood Glucose monitor is one of the simplest products on the market. It is compact, reliable, durable and accurate. It tests blood glucose levels and that’s it. It does not make any bolus calculations neither does it test for ketones. It just tests blood glucose levels. There are a few situations where this is exactly what’s needed.

It is a great back-up monitor for diabetics. We have used it regularly to verify that the primary system is accurate when results seemed a bit off. We have also used it when the primary system failed temporarily. It’s also great to take to the pool or other scenarios where there is a significant risk of damaging your devices. It is one of the monitors regularly used to support control of Type 2 diabetes and I think it’s also a great tool for anyone at high risk of developing diabetes who periodically want to monitor their blood glucose levels.

The review is based on the Accu-Chek Aviva Blood Glucose System. This article was first published on 21 October 2016 and is no longer being updated. Information may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate due to the passage of time.