Instructional Video

Instructions

  1. Power-on procedure: The gray button is not a power button. The device is turned on by inserting a test strip. After inserting a fresh test strip, the screen should immediately show the tester's key code. Important: If the screen shows "t lo" or "t hi", this indicates that the ambient temperature is too low or high to give accurate results and the test will need to be performed between 64° F - 100° F. Verify that the code on the screen matches the code on the test strip packaging. If it does not, refer to the section of the printed user's manual titled "Coding your Meter."
  2. The meter is ready for testing only when the blood droplet on the screen blinks.
  3. Wash hands thoroughly with soap (we recommend a dishwashing soap such as Dawn) and warm water, and dry well. It is important to remove all oily residue from your hands, especially hand lotion. Then make a fist 10 times and shake your hand vigorously, to get blood flowing to your hand.
  4. Set the lancing device to its highest level (6), and use a new lancet to obtain a drop of blood. Do not reuse lancets. Using a new lancet for each test helps to avoid infection and ensures accurate test results.
  5. Gently squeeze your finger, and wipe away the first drop of blood. Use a clean paper towel to remove any contaminants.
  6. Gently squeeze your finger again to obtain a fresh new drop of blood. Don't squeeze too hard, which can allow fluid from surrounding tissues to dilute the blood sample.
  7. Apply the blood to the reaction zone on the test strip. The test strip should not be touched with your finger, only the drop of blood. Be sure that it fills the test strip quickly and completely. The meter will then beep, indicating that blood has been received for testing.
  8. The meter screen will display timing bars "-----". The bars will flash and gradually diminish for countdown.
  9. After the timing bars disappear (approximately 30 seconds), the screen will display the test result. The test result is also automatically stored into the meter's memory, which can be accessed using the gray button. The meter will automatically turn off after the test strip is removed or after 3 minutes of inactivity.

Important Tips and Guidelines

  1. Test strips are sensitive to temperature. Strips should be stored between 39° F and 86° F, and should not be exposed to heat or direct sunlight, or freezing temperatures. We recommend storing test strips in your refrigerator (on the door).
  2. Uric acid values fluctuate throughout the day. Foods, hydration levels, body temperature, and physical activity all play a role in uric acid readings. For consistency (and to track levels over time), we recommend testing first thing in the morning before eating or drinking.
  3. If you are comparing your test results with those obtained at a laboratory, please make sure that both tests are performed at the same location, within minutes of each other. Since body temperature can have a dramatic effect on your uric acid level, even walking to your car can make a difference. To illustrate this point, try taking readings with your own uric acid meter before and after a hot shower or bath, and see what a difference body temperature can make!
  4. Some people choose to perform back-to-back tests to test the meter itself for consistency. If you are doing so, it is Critical to perform both tests within a minute or two of each other and use SEPARATE puncture locations for each test.
  5. Expect that results may vary slightly from test to test. Readings that vary by 0.5 mg/dL or less are not significant.

 

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