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Overview

The OneTouch® UltraSmart™ brings advanced data management features to the highly-rated OneTouch Ultra blood glucose monitoring system. With a new display that would be at home in a graphing calculator, the OneTouch UltraSmart takes advantage of its enormous memory (over 3,000 readings) by offering extensive graphing and data analysis features. The OneTouch UltraSmart's analysis features will help you see blood glucose patterns, which are an important tool in managing diabetes. And you can do it all right in the meter -- no PC is needed. Combining small blood volume (1 microliter), small size (3.8" x 2.3" x .9", 75 grams with battery), a 5-second test time, and extensive data management capabilities within the meter, the OneTouch UltraSmart is highly recommended.

Testing
Testing with the OneTouch UltraSmart is easy, just like the OneTouch Ultra. You must first be sure the meter is calibrated to the vial of test strips. With that out of the way, you simply insert the test strip (the meter turns on automatically) and touch the blood sample to the strip. You can touch the strips while inserting them into the meter. Your test result will be displayed in 5 seconds. The OneTouch UltraSmart is easy enough to use that even young kids will be able to use it by themselves.

The OneTouch UltraSmart is FDA-approved for alternate site testing. When you do a test on an alternate site, you press the up and down arrow key to indicate that the test is from an alternate site. This ensures that the data analysis takes alternate sites into account.

Anyone who tests during the night will appreciate the backlight, which makes it very easy to read the display.

Personal computer users can use OneTouch Diabetes Management Software, LifeScan's diabetes management software, to produce an array of detailed analysis of blood sugar data downloaded from the OneTouch UltraSmart. A special data interface cable is required which can be purchased, along with the software, for $29.99 plus shipping. See the OneTouch Diabetes Software page for details.

Evaluation
With people beginning to test more and more often, analyzing blood glucose data has become an important tool in managing diabetes. Where once this analysis was done by a patient's diabetes team, it's now more often than not done by the patient (or the patient's parent). Many computer programs are available, but they require special cables and not everyone is up for the task. With extensive data analysis and graphic capabilities built in, the OneTouch UltraSmart gives users of the OneTouch Ultra system all the tools they need to spot patterns in blood glucose levels and make appropriate adjustments.

At the bottom of the OneTouch UltraSmart are five "Smart Button" that serve the following functions:

Button Image   Exercise
Enter in the level and duration of exercise. When doing a blood glucose test, you can also indicate when the test was done in relation to the exercise -- before, during, or after. These data can help you understand the effect that exercise has on your blood glucose levels.
 
Button Image   Health
With this button you can enter in notes about your health at the time of a glucose test (stress, feeling low, illness, menses, vacation, other) or the results of other health checks (ketones, HbA1c, microalbumin, cholesterol, blood pressure, and more). This helps you keep all of your diabetes-related data together.
 
Button Image   Fast Facts
The Fast Facts button is your entry point into the data analysis and reporting features of the OneTouch UltraSmart. From here you scroll through the menus to gain access to the meter's log book memory; glucose levels by meals; glucose analysis in the forms of graphs, averages, and percentages of readings that are above, in range, and under target values; and reporting on insulin intake, hypos, food averages, and other health data. Scrolling through the menus is easy, but it takes a couple minutes to learn how everything works.
 
Button Image   Medication
Enter in the type and amount of medications taken, including pills, injected insulin, pump bolus, and pump daily total. While initially configured with certain medication names, you will be able to edit the names of the medications using the soon-to-be-released updated OneTouch Software.
 
Button Image   Food
Enter in the carbohydrate, fat, protein, and calorie amounts for meals, by meal. You can even indicate alcohol.
Accessing the various data entry screens is easy, once you get the hang of it. That should take no more than a day of testing. The real value of the OneTouch UltraSmart becomes apparent after you've used it for a while and have entered data about food, exercise, and the like. Loaded up with all that data, the OneTouch UltraSmart's reports can help you uncover patterns that you might otherwise have missed if you didn't record everything. This pattern analysis is an important part of advanced diabetes management.

If you have reduced visibility, you may find the display of the OneTouch UltraSmart to be harder to read than the display of the OneTouch Ultra. The OneTouch UltraSmart displays data from the Smart Buttons using a font that is smaller than the OneTouch Ultra.

Features
Key features of the OneTouch UltraSmart include:

  • Fast test results -- 5 seconds
  • Small blood volume (1 microliter)
  • Alternative site testing
  • Small size and weight (easily fits in a kid's T-shirt pocket)
  • End-fill test strips that can be touched
  • Widest temperature range of any strip
  • A 3,000+ test memory for storing blood sugar readings
  • Extensive data analysis capabilities
  • Large, easy-to-read display with backlight
  • Data interface port
  • Uses two AAA batteries (rated for approximately 540 tests, depending on backlight use)
  • Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L
  • Support for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Dutch displays
  • Three year warranty

Summary
Studies have shown the importance of frequent blood glucose monitoring. Testing four, six, or ten times a day generates a lot of data. To make the most of that data, you need to be able to look at the data in meaningful ways. The OneTouch UltraSmart's extensive data analysis capabilities put a powerful tool into the palm of your hand. The OneTouch UltraSmart is Highly Recommended.

OneTouch UltraSmart Rating

  • Ease of use: 10
  • Features: 10 (3,000+ test memory, data port, data analysis, battery, touchable capillary action test strips, end fill, alternate site)
  • Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
  • Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10 Highly recommended
  • Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10 Highly recommended
  • Cost: 1 (about $90 per 100; $1,970/year at 6 tests/day)
  • Overall Rating: 51

For More Information

  OneTouch UltraSmart (right) is slightly larger than the OneTouch Ultra (left). Both use the same test strips.

OneTouch UltraSmart showing 'Glucose by Meals,' in this case, breakfast

OneTouch UltraSmart showing 'Glucose Analysis,' in this case, 'Graph of All Values'

Download the Case Study
Download the case study of Jimmy who used the One Touch Ultra Smart to help lower his A1c.

Download the Case Study
Download the OneTouch UltraSmart Teaching Guide.

  LifeScan Incorporated
1000 Gibraltar Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035-6314
(408) 263-9789 Voice
(800) 227-8862 Voice USA
(800) 663-5521 Voice Canada
(408) 946-6070 Fax

Last updated September 22, 2007

The reviews of products are the opinion of children with DIABETES. Each product is reviewed with a single purpose: to determine if the product is suitable for use by children with type 1 diabetes, their parents, and, to a lesser degree, adults with type 1 diabetes. There are many products aimed at adults with type 2 diabetes that are not appropriate or suitable for children or adults with type 1 diabetes.


                 
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