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Talking Meters
What’s New?

by Ann S. Williams, Ph.D., R.N., C.D.E.

Clarity of the meter’s voice: Clear, easy to understand.

Available languages: English or Spanish.

Volume: Can be adjusted, although this is difficult to do nonvisually. Does not have an earphone to allow private use in public spaces.

Repairs: Voice and meter are one entity, so if either malfunctioned, it would be repaired by the same distributor.

Size of the strips: About 1.30″ x 0.30″.

Ease of handling strips: Easy to handle for most people. Some people with dexterity problems may have difficulty.

Insertion of strips: The insertion end has squared corners, and the end that sticks out of the meter has rounded corners. (See “Strips: Which End Is Which?”) The strip is easy to insert nonvisually. Although it can be inserted upside down, doing so does not turn on the meter.

Accessible instructions: No audio instructions are provided with this meter. The voice guides the user through the steps for checking blood glucose levels, but instructions for other meter functions such as coding or changing the volume are not available in a nonvisual format. Coding is not necessary for the Advocate Redi-Code.

Coding: Coding is required on the Advocate, and the code number is not available nonvisually. The distributor says that if a visually impaired user orders strips from them, they will ensure that they always send the same code number, eliminating the need for recoding. However, for safety, sighted verification of the code number before use would be a good idea. No coding is required on the Advocate Redi-Code.

Size of blood drop: 0.6 microliters.

Placement of blood drop: The strip pulls in the blood drop through a tiny opening at the end that sticks out of the meter, which is easy to locate. However, for a user who has very low or no vision, remembering where the blood drop is on the finger and applying it to the strip can be difficult. (See “Placing Blood Accurately on the Strip” for suggestions.)

Time for results to appear: 6 seconds.

Results: Voiced clearly, but cannot be repeated.

Meter’s memory size: Can store up to 450 memory results, with the date and time of each reading.

Memory accessibility: Readings stored in the memory can be displayed on the screen only and are not accessible by speech.

Computer interface: The distributor has free software available on its Web site for uploading the data from the meter to a computer via a purchased cable. However, the software program is not accessible with a computer screen reader.

Extras: The meter gives the room temperature during the startup procedure.

OneTouch Basic, Profile, and SureStep

Size of meter: About 4.50″ x 2.60″ x 1.80″ for meter and voice attachment combined.

Cost of the meter: Speech box only, about $200; speech box with meter, about $240.

Meter and strip availability: The OneTouch Basic is available through many durable medical equipment suppliers. The OneTouch Profile and SureStep are no longer being shipped from the manufacturer, although they may still be available from some durable medical equipment suppliers. Two manufacturers make speech boxes that plug into the data ports on these meters. Captek/Science Products (see “Resources”) has speech boxes for OneTouch Basic, and on special order can ship one for OneTouch SureStep to a person who already owns this meter. LS&S (see “Resources”) has OneTouch Basic and OneTouch Profile speech boxes, which can be sold separately from or with the meters (as long as the meters are in stock). Because of the limited availability of the OneTouch Profile and OneTouch SureStep, the following description refers to the OneTouch Basic only.

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Also in this article:
Insurance Coverage for Talking Meters
Resources
Strips: Which End is Which?
Getting a Blood Drop onto a Strip

 

 

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