Ascensia Contour Test Strips
Ascensia Contour Test Strips
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Ascensia Contour Test Strips

What are Ascensia Contour Test Strips?

Ascensia Contour Test Strips are strips to be used with the Ascensia Contour Blood Glucose Meter. Test your blood sugar easily with the Ascensia Contour Test Strips. It features an automatic calibration which allows for accurate results every time. The bottle design is patented and has a built in desiccant. This allows the test strips to stay fresh for up to six months after opening. The Sip-in sampling technology provides a clear view of the level of the blood sample.

They require a blood sample of only 0.6 microliters. To make things even easier, there is no coding required. It will show your blood sugar level results in seconds. It is suitable for AST (alternate site testing) as well. These are available to purchase in 50 count, 100 count, 150 count, and 200 count.

What is a diabetic test strip?

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are quite familiar with the diabetes test strip. Glucose test strips are an essential part of measuring blood glucose levels at home.

How do test strips work?

Diabetic test strips combine a lot of technology into a small space. The plastic strip is coated with a thin layer of gold, like a wafer. The gold is cut into a pattern that will be the circuit of the strip. One end of the tape is further coated with chemicals. They absorb your blood similar to the way a sponge absorbs liquid and converts glucose into electricity. An electrical signal flows from the strip to the measuring device. The number displayed on the meter is the speed of the current. The higher the blood sugar level, the stronger the signal. The stronger the signal, the higher the glucose meter reading.

Can I use the same test strip more than once?

No. You can only use the same test strip once. You will need to get a new, fresh test strip everytime you check your blood sugar levels. Your physician will provide you with more information, including how often you need to check your blood sugar levels.

Are glucose test strips available over the counter?

Yes, you do not need a prescription.

What does a test strip error mean?

The Glucose Meter displays an error message if there is a problem with the test strip, if there is a problem with the Glucose Meter, or if the blood glucose level is higher or lower than normal. One of the most common mistakes is a test strip failure. First, make sure you are using the correct test strip on the meter. Using test strips that are incompatible with the meter often results in errors.

Common test strip errors are:

  • Operating temperature rise or fall: The meter may indicate a test strip error if it detects  a temperature change within the operating range. Do not run the test, especially within the operating range, until the meter and test strip have reached  the permissible temperature.
  • Used, damaged, or expired test strips: Glucose test strips are disposable items. Do not use expired, short-term, used, or damaged test strips. In this case, repeat the test with a new strip. Place the strips in their original packaging and avoid heat, moisture and direct Always discard used test strips and do not reuse them.
  • Moving test strips during testing can also result in test strip Do not move the test strip after inserting it into the meter.

How should I store my glucose test strips?

To properly store the glucose test strip, follow these four steps:

  • Store the test strip in the original vial.
  • After removing the test strip, cover the vial tightly.
  • Write the disposal date on the vial. This date is typically 9 months after the vial is opened.
  • Check the expiration date of the vial before using the test strip.

The test strip contains electrical connections that can quantify the amount of gluconic acid in the blood sample. The amount of glucose currently produced depends on the level of gluconic acid. The current intensity is then measured by a glucose meter and a numbered reading is generated. Therefore, it is important to close the vial tightly immediately after use. Leaving the test strip outside the open vial or the original vial can expose the test strip to an environment where the chemistry of the test strip can change. Such exposure can lead to incorrect glucose readings. Always read the safety precautions for the test strip package. Store the strips in their original ampoules and away from heat, moisture and sunlight. Do not leave it in the air as the strip will be unusable. Always discard used test strips and do not reuse them. Always see a doctor even if the readings are outside the normal range.