The SureStep is LifeScan's meter for people who need positive feedback at each step in testing. SureStep uses a test strip technology that is designed to give users assurance that there is enough blood on the test strip before they test. The meter is easier to use than the old photometric ONE TOUCH Brand Meters (Profile, Basic) because of the unique design of the test strip and the way you test with the meter.
Testing with the SureStep is different than with ONE TOUCH meters. First, you turn on the meter by pressing the blue button on the meter. You then apply the blood sample to the pink part of the test strip. You can bring the test strip to the blood drop on the finger, touch the pad to the blood drop, and then place the strip in the meter. Blood is applied to an absorbant pad on the back of the test strip, which prevents blood from dripping off the strip onto the meter (or the floor).
After applying blood to the test strip, you first check the confirmation dot on the back of the test strip, which turns blue when enough blood has been applied. Then you insert the test strip into the meter, with the square, pink part up (and thus the confirmation dot down). If you try to insert the strip up-side-down, the meter beeps at you, alerting you to the error. If you continue to insert the strip in upside down, the SureStep will display a flashing icon indicating that you need to remove the strip and will not read the strip.
With the strip inserted into the meter, the countdown begins. Instead of counting down from 45 seconds like the ONE TOUCH meters, a clock icon flashes on and off. This is because the time required for the test varies. The minimum time is 15 seconds.
The SureStep is quite small (2.5 by 3.5 by .75 inches) and lightweight (4 ounces, or 120 grams). The accompanying carrying case holds a Penlet Plus lancing device and room for the test strip bottle and other supplies. The case has a plastic holder for the meter, so you don't have to remove the meter from the case for testing.
Features of the SureStep include:
- A large LCD display that is very easy to read
- Extensive error checking to ensure the test results are valid
- Display in mg/dL or mmol/L
- 150 test memory with 14- and 30-day averages
- Visual backup reading of test strips using color chart on strip bottle
- Automatic internal diagnostics (no check strip needed)
- Universal symbols
- Confirmation dot
- Plasma calibration
- Test strip bottle with twist-off cap
Though not as feature-rich as some other meters, the SureStep is an acceptable, easy-to-use meter for those who test infrequently, as long as you can produce enough blood. However, there are many better meters for children with diabetes.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 8 (150 reading memory, averaging, data port, two AAA batteries, visual backup reading of test strip using color chart on strip bottle)
- Speed of results: 4 (30 seconds typical)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 0 (blood volume)
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 0 (blood volume)
- Cost: 0 (about US$89 per 100; about $1,197/year @ 4 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 22
The SureStep meter. Click for a larger image.
Blood is applied to the SureStep test strip first, then the strip is inserted into the meter.
After applying blood to the strip, you check the back to be sure you applied enough blood.
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Last updated July 6, 2006
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Last Updated: Thursday July 06, 2006 19:27:34
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