Journal Article

Alternative Blood Glucose Monitoring Strips for the One Touch System

Marla Bernbaum, Stewart G. Albert, Deborah Miller, Tamara Stich, Joseph W. Hoffmann and Arshag D. Mooradian

in Laboratory Medicine

Published on behalf of American Society for Clinical Pathology

Volume 27, issue 6, pages 404-407
Published in print June 1996 | ISSN: 0007-5027
Published online December 2015 | e-ISSN: 1943-7730 | DOI:
Alternative Blood Glucose Monitoring Strips for the One Touch System

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Quick-Check (Can-Am, Chazy, NY) and First Choice (Polymer Technology International, Issaquah, Wash) recently introduced strips for the One Touch self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) system (Johnson & Johnson, Lifescan, Milpitas, Calif). These brands are less expensive than the One Touch strips. Laboratory trials evaluated precision (coefficient of variation [CV]) and accuracy (slope of the regression line) of meter-determined vs reference standard glucose levels. Precision was within acceptable CVs of10% (One Touch, 2.7%; First Choice, 5.4%; and Quick-Check, 7.1%). All strips displayed similar accuracy slopes (One Touch, 0.883; First Choice, 0.920; Quick-Check, 0.971). In clinical trials, 35 subjects performed SMBG using each of the three strips in a random block design; errors within 10% of the simultaneous venous values were considered clinically reliable. Self-monitoring blood glucose values had errors of 12.0%) for One Touch, 16.7%) for First Choice, and 15.6% for Quick-Check (P=.04). The One Touch strips were significantly more reliable than the alternative strips, which might be relevant for patients receiving intensive insulin therapy.

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