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New Tools 2008

by Diane Fennell

Computer software for uploading and analyzing blood glucose results is available separately.

Another version of this meter currently awaiting FDA approval, the Jazz Wireless, will be equipped with Bluetooth technology to enable it to wirelessly transfer information to a computer.

Availability: The WaveSense Jazz is scheduled for release in 2009.


WaveSense KeyNote meter

Product: WaveSense KeyNote

Manufacturer: AgaMatrix, Inc.
(866) 906-4197
www.wavesense.info

What it does: The debut meter from AgaMatrix, the WaveSense KeyNote features rubber grips, a large, backlit display, and patented technology that improves the accuracy of blood glucose readings.

The pocket-size WaveSense KeyNote requires a 0.5-microliter blood sample, which can be obtained from the fingertips, palms, or forearms, and takes roughly 4 seconds to return results. Up to 300 results can be held in the meter’s memory, and averaging and graphing is available for 14-, 30-, and 90-day periods. An alarm sounds and the display screen flashes when a blood glucose reading is above or below a level set by the user, and six optional alarms can be set to remind the user to check his blood glucose.

Computer software for uploading and analyzing blood glucose results can be purchased separately.

Availability: The WaveSense KeyNote is available on the Web sites and shelves of various retailers, as well as from many direct delivery suppliers.


WaveSense Presto meter

Product: WaveSense Presto

Manufacturer: AgaMatrix, Inc.
(866) 906-4197
www.wavesense.info

What it does: The WaveSense Presto, the first no-code meter developed by AgaMatrix, features rubber grips, and a large, backlit display. Its blood glucose measuring technology can correct for factors such as temperature, altitude, inconsistencies between test strips, and user error.

The WaveSense Presto requires a 0.5-microliter blood sample, which can be obtained from the fingertips, palms, or forearms, and it takes approximately 4 seconds to return results. Up to 300 results can be held in the meter’s memory, and averaging and graphing is available for 14-, 30-, and 90-day periods. An alarm sounds and the display screen flashes when a blood glucose reading is above or below a level set by the user, and six optional alarms can be set to remind the user to take a blood glucose reading.

Computer software for uploading and analyzing blood glucose results can be purchased separately.

Availability: The WaveSense Presto is currently available. For more information, visit www.wavesense.info/where-to-buy.

Home HbA1c test

Appraise Home A1c Kit

Product: Appraise Home A1c Kit

Manufacturer: Heritage Labs International LLC
(888) 764-2384
www.appraisetests.com

What it does: The Appraise Home A1c Kit allows users to check their HbA1c level from home, without a prescription. Your HbA1c level is an indicator of blood glucose control over the previous 2–3 months. The kit includes an alcohol pad, a gauze pad, a bandage, a return envelope, and a lancet to be used to collect a small blood sample from a fingertip. The sample is collected onto a piece of filter paper that absorbs the blood; the paper is then enclosed in the postage-paid mailer and sent to the Heritage Labs International laboratory in the Kansas City, Missouri, area for evaluation. Results are available in as little as three days and can be retrieved online at www.appraisetests.com or received by regular mail.

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