The OneTouch Basic is no longer being sold. This page remains online for historical purposes.
The OneTouch Profile, LifeScan's top-of-the-line reflectance meter, is no longer sold in the United States. The Profile has excellent data management capabilities. However, newer electronic test strips have outpaced the reflectance technology used in the Profile, and the venerable OneTouch Profile seems outdated by comparison. With test times of 45 seconds and a blood volume requirement of 10 microliters, the OneTouch Profile is no longer the best choice for children with diabetes. The OneTouch Profile was a fine meter in its day, but we prefer the OneTouch UltraSmart, which requires much less blood, delivers results in five seconds, and has more extensive on-board data management.
LifeScan includes Diabetes Tracking System as a subtitle on the OneTouch Profile packaging, and with good reason. Features include:
- A large LCD display that is very easy to read.
- Warning messages when blood sugars are low or high (DO YOU NEED A SNACK or CHECK KETONES)
- Event labeling, allowing you to indicate when the test was performed (PRE BREAKFAST, AFTER DINNER, etc.)
- Event associated average blood sugar readings (e.g., PRE NOON MEAL 130 mg/dl)
- Insulin dosage labeling after each test.
- Carbohydrate counting after each test.
- Displays in 19 languages.
The OneTouch Profile also has a serial port output that can be used to download historical data (date and reading for the most recent tests) directly to any computer with an RS-232 serial port. The special serial port cable connecting the OneTouch Profile to a DB-25 connector is available from LifeScan for $19.99, or online from www.drugstore.com.
Be sure to check out the discussion about Computerizing Your Meter for a list of programs that can read the data from your OneTouch Profile meter. LifeScan sells its own One Touch Software 2.0 for use with any LifeScan Meter with a data port.
- Ease of use: 9
- Features: 10 (250 memories, averaging, additional data management, AAA batteries, data port)
- Speed of results: 1 (45 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 0 (blood volume, slow)
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 0 (blood volume, slow)
- Cost: 0 (about US$93 per 100; about $2,036/year at 6 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 20
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The OneTouch Profile. Click for a larger image.
In the fall of 2003, LifeScan introduced a new test strip for their Profile and Basic meters that uses half as much blood -- 5 microliters vs. 10.
The OneTouch Profile kit. Click for a larger image.
Last updated September 22, 2007
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Last Updated: Saturday September 22, 2007 15:32:45
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