How do Embrace No Code talking blood glucose meters work?

Embrace No Code talking blood glucose meters use fresh capillary whole blood extracted from the fingertips, palm, or forearm to accurately measure blood sugar levels in 6 seconds. And they come with a talking feature that can be enabled/disabled. You know, just like when the pelican The Flintstones used as a washing machine would break the fourth wall. Only instead of cracking wise, the blood glucose monitor does provide actual oral assistance in English or Spanish. This product is portable, battery-powered, and very easy to operate thanks to a user-friendly interface that we will explore in more detail below.

Construction

·         Test strip port

Insert test strip to turn meter on

·         Meter buttons

Press/hold middle button on the side of the meter to turn on/off, to select different options, to enter control mode with inserted test strip, or enter set-up mode when not testing.

·         Data port

Connect data cable (not included) to send data to PC.

·         Battery compartment

Holds 2 AAA batteries.

 

·         Meter display screen

Shows blood glucose test results, memory values, averages, language selection, data port connection, and alarm times.

 

Icons

·         Battery

Appears when batteries need changing.

·         Cable

Indicates meter is in data transfer mode to PC.

·         Mem

Indicates number in display is a stored test value.

·         Alarm

Indicates alarm has been set.

·         CTL

Indicates a control solution test or the stored value is a control solution result.

·         Beeper

Set sound volume.

·         Temperature

Indicates it is too hot or too cold for testing.

·         Clock

Indicates meter is ready to set up time and date.

·         Talking feature

Indicates feature is on.

·         Units

Of measurement for blood glucose are mg/dL.

·         Blood drop and arrow

Indicates meter is ready for testing.

·         Test strip

Cue to insert strip for testing.

 

System set-up

Press the middle button and use up and down arrows (on the side of the meter) to get to the desired icon and push the middle button to enter that function.

·         Mem. Press middle button to enter memory recall to recover stored results (meter can store up to 300 memories including date and time.)

·         Cable. Press buttons to enter PC link mode for data transfer to PC (software not included).

·         Clock. Press buttons to enter time and date set-up.

·         Alarm. Press middle button and up arrow to get to the clock icon to enter alarm set-up (meter can have up to 3 alarm settings).

·         Volume. Press middle button and up arrow to get to clock icon to enter volume set-up.

·         Talking feature. Press buttons to enter language selection.

·         End. Exit set-up screen and go back to testing.

Clock setting

  1. Hold middle button to turn meter on.
  2. Use up or down arrows till the clock icon begins to flash. Push middle button to enter clock set-up.
  3. Up or down arrow to reach desired year and press middle button.
  4. Up or down arrow to reach desired month and press middle button.
  5. Up or down arrow to reach desired day and press middle button.
  6. Up or down arrow to select 12 or 24-hour format and press middle button to confirm.
  7. Up or down arrow to reach the correct hour and press middle button to confirm.
  8. Up or down arrow to reach correct minutes and press middle button to confirm (and set AM/
    PM if 12-hour format was chosen) and finish clock setting.

Alarm setting

  1. Hold middle button to turn meter on.
  2. Push middle button and up or down arrow to till the alarm icon is flashing. Push middle button to enter alarm setting.
  3. Alarm 1 status will appear on the screen. Turn it on or off with up or down arrow.
  4. Push middle button to get hour flashing, up or down arrow to select hour, and middle button to confirm and advance to set minutes.
  5. Current minutes begin flashing. Push up or down arrow to select correct minutes, and middle button to confirm and advance to set alarm 2.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to set alarms 2 and 3 and then push middle button to exit.

Talking and beeper features

Volume

  1. Hold middle button to turn meter on.
  2. Up or down arrow till volume icon begins flashing, then middle button to enter volume setting.
  3. Current volume will appear on the screen. Scroll up or down to adjust from 1 to 5. Setting to 0 will disable the talking feature; a beep will signal important messages instead. Push middle button to exit.

 

Language

  1. Hold middle button to turn meter on.
  2. Push middle button and up or down arrow till the talking feature icon flashes.
  3. English is the default language. Push middle button and up or down arrow to select alternative language, and middle button again to exit.

Thus spake glucose meters

When this happens:

Meter says:

Turning meter on

Greeting tone.

Prompting test strip insertion

“Please insert strip.”

Strip inserted and meter ready to test

“Blood glucose test. Please apply blood onto the test strip.”

Test completed and result shown on screen

“Your blood glucose reading is (number) milligram per deciliter.”

Test result below 20mg/dL measurement range

“Your blood glucose reading is below 20mg/dL.”

Test result above 600mg/dL measurement range

“Your blood glucose reading is above 600mg/dL.”

Control solution test completed within range

“Your L1/L2 control solution test result is (number) milligram per deciliter, is within range.”

Control solution test completed outside range

“Your L1/L2 control solution test result is (number) milligram per deciliter, is not within range.”

Temperature out of range

“Temperature is out of range.”

Setting year

“Set year.”

Setting month

“Set month.”

Setting date

“Set date.”

Setting hour

“Set hour.”

Setting minutes

“Set minutes.”

Finishing date and time set-up

“The date and time is (year) (month) (date) (hour) (minutes).”

Turning alarms on/off

“Alarm (number) is on/off.”

Setting alarms

“Set alarm (number).”

Sending data to PC

“Sending data to PC.”

Finishing data transfer

“Data transmission complete.”

Date and time not set

“Please set date and time.”

Low batteries

“Low battery.”

Meter failure

“Error 1 meter failure.”

Used test strip

“Error 3 used test strip.”

Insufficient blood or control solution

“Error 4 not enough sample.”

Meter cannot count down

“Error 5 countdown error.”

Turning meter off

Melody.

 

Testing blood glucose

·         Set meter up and perform a control test.

·         Wash hands and testing site with warm water and soap and dry.

·         Test in an environment between 50 F and 104 F.

Lancing device

  1. Get a new, sterile lancet.
  2. Unscrew the adjustable cap of the device and insert lancet by pushing down till it’s fully seated.
  3. Twist protective cover off and twist adjustable cover clockwise onto the device.
  4. Adjust puncture setting on the cap for the puncture level.
  5. Hold adjustable cap with one hand and pull back the device with the other hand till a click is heard.

 The test

  1. Retrieve a test strip from the test strip bottle and close the bottle immediately. Insert strip to turn meter on.
  2. Wait for the blood drop and arrow icon to flash on the screen.
  3. Fingertip testing. Grab lancet by the cap and hold it against the side of the fingertip and press the release button to puncture.
  4. Palm and forearm testing. Hold lancet as indicated above against the base of the palm or forearm. Avoid veins, moles, excessive hair, and bone. Press lancet firmly against test site and press release button and do not lift up. Forearm testing sites require ‘pumping;’ applying and releasing for a few seconds while keeping lancet in contact with the skin. Lift lancet straight up when blood is about .5ml, without spreading blood around.
  5. Bring the test strip up and touch the drop of blood at a slight angle. Keep the strip in the blood till the meter beeps to signal it has sufficient blood for testing.
  6. A countdown will appear on the screen. Six seconds later the screen will show and the meter will announce the result, which will be automatically restored in the memory.
  7. Discard strip in a wastebasket. Meter automatically turns off.
  8. Remove used lancet from lancing device according to instructions and dispose of it in a wastebasket.