The OneTouch® UltraMiniTM is the latest in the family of OneTouch Ultra meters. The UltraMini was originally designed for people who wanted basic glucose monitoring without all the frills and lacked a data port. Now (summer 2008), the UltraMini has a data port, 500 memories, and multiple colors, and is now a good choice for kids with diabetes. Like all Ultra meters, the OneTouch UltraMini uses end-fill test strips that are very easy to fill and take only 1 microliter of blood. The strip is touchable and is approved for alternative sites (e.g., the arm instead of the finger tip). Test results are displayed in five seconds.
Testing with the OneTouch UltraMini is very easy. Everything starts by inserting a test strip. During the first use, you'll program the date and time. After that, you'll code the meter to the strips using the two buttons -- one up and one down. Once the meter has been coded, it will display the code for three seconds before changing the display to the "apply blood" icon. Touch the tip of the test strip to the sample and in five seconds the meter displays your blood glucose value.
As mentioned, the OneTouch UltraMini Meter now has a data port, a 500-test memory and is available in several colors. With the updated memory capacity, the OneTouch UltraMini may be used as a primary meter.
The user's manual comes in both English and Spanish and is very easy to read.
New OneTouch® Lancing Device
The OneTouch UltraMini comes with a new OneTouch® Lancing Device. It is a big improvement over the previous version that comes with other OneTouch meters. The new lancing device is tiny -- just over three inches long -- and is very easy to use. Once the lancet is loaded, you can use it one handed -- cocking and firing with your thumb. The OneTouch® Lancing Device comes with both a traditional cap with nine depth settings and a clear cap for alternate site testing.
Key features of the OneTouch UltraMini include:
- Fast test results -- 5 seconds
- Small blood volume (1 microliter)
- Alternative site testing
- Small size and weight (easily fits in a kid's T-shirt pocket)
- Multiple colors
- End-fill test strips that can be touched
- Widest temperature range of any strip
- A 500-test memory for storing blood sugar readings
- Data port for downloading
- Large, easy-to-read display
- One lithium watch battery
- Three year warranty
- Very nice new lancing device
Now offering a data port in addition to a selection of colors, the OneTouch UltraMini is an excellent choice for kids with diabetes who check their blood sugars many times per day. The UltraMini is small and easy to carry, and the colors are very popular. Nothing says meters can't look cool.
- Ease of use: 10
- Features: 10 (500-test memory, data port, battery, touchable capillary action test strips, end fill, alternate site, colors)
- Speed of results: 10 (5 seconds)
- Suitability for use by children under ten years old: 10
- Suitability for use by children over ten years old: 10
- Cost: 1 (about $90 per 100; $1,970/year at 6 tests/day)
- Overall Rating: 51
The OneTouch UltraMini meter with its accompanying lancing device and a lancet to show size. Click for a larger image.
Current OneTouch meters: UltraMini (top); UltraSmart, Ultra2, and Ultra (bottom). Click for a larger image.
The OneTouch UltraMini is available in assorted colors. Click for a larger image.
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Last updated September 20, 2008
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Last Updated: Saturday September 20, 2008 15:02:04
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