The ACCU-CHEK Aviva from Roche Diagnostics offers 5-second testing, a 0.6 microliter sample size, a 500-test memory with 7, 14, and 30 day averaging, alternate site approval, and an infrared data port interface. The meter is small and lightweight (2.1 ounces) and fits easily in a child's hand. The ACCU-CHEK Aviva's test strips come in a vial and can be handled without impairing their accuracy. The Aviva is easy to use and is Highly Recommended.
The ACCU-CHEK Aviva test strip is a bit larger than the strips from other new meters, but they are quite easy to handle and to insert into the meter. For anyone with reduced dexterity, the larger strip is an advantage. The strip is end fill and wicks exceptionally well.
Similar to other ACCU-CHEK meters, strip coding is done using a special chip that you insert into the side of the meter. Each vial of test strips comes with its own chip and the chip has to be changed to ensure accurate results.
You can program up to four test reminder alarms in the ACCU-CHEK Aviva to help you remember to check your blood sugar during the day. This feature can be very helpful for kids who check their blood sugar while at school. Parents should alert their child's school about the alarms to help prevent teachers and staff from confusing the test reminder alarm with a cell phone ring.
When you purchase an ACCU-CHEK Aviva, you get a special bonus -- the Multiclix lancing device. The Multiclix is an innovative lancing device that uses a six-lancet drum and which never exposes that lancet point, making it the ideal choice for children, especially for use at school.
For alternate site testers, the ACCU-CHEK Aviva is approved for alternate site testing. The small blood volume (0.6 microliters) and great wicking ability of the strip make it easy to get enough blood from just about anywhere.
Key features of the ACCU-CHEK Aviva include:
- Test results in 5 seconds
- Very small blood volume (0.6 microliter)
- Alternate site testing
- A 500-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
- 7-, 14-, and 30-day averaging
- Up to four test reminder alarms
- Large, easy-to-read display
- Infrared data interface port
- Displays blood sugar readings in mg/dL or mmol/L
The ACCU-CHEK Aviva is very easy to use, even for young children. With its very small blood volume, fast test times, and easy to handle test strips, the ACCU-CHEK Aviva is an excellent meter. Highly Recommended.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 10 (500 memories, averaging, data port, watch batteries, touchable strips, alternate site testing)
- Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10
- Cost: 3 (about $78 per 100; $1,137/year @ 4 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 53
The ACCU-CHEK Aviva (left) beside the ACCU-CHEK Compact. Click for a larger photo.
The ACCU-CHEK Aviva fits easily in your hand. Click for a larger photo.
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road Indianapolis, IN 46250
Last updated July 6, 2006
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