Bayer introduced the first bayer glucometer through its erstwhile Ames division in 1969 as the Ames Reflectance Meter. Bayer obtained a patent for it in 1971. This bayer glucometer was primarily meant to be used by doctors. The testing strip used in this meter was Dextrostix that Bayer had been producing since 1965. The blood sample applied to the strip needed to be gently washed off after remaining on it for one minute before this strip was inserted in the Ames glucometer to get the blood glucose test result. This bayer glucometer was the first portable glucometer in the market.
The Ames Reflectance meter or ARM as it was popularly called was in fact a reflectance photometer. Testing was required to be done strictly in accordance with specific instructions. A very large drop of blood had to be applied for covering the whole reagent area on the testing strip. This area measured 3/8″ x 1/4″. The blood sample was to remain on the reagent area for exactly 60 seconds. This was also critical and a stopwatch was needed to precisely measure this time after which the blood was to be washed off quickly within the next 1 to 2 seconds. The strip was then blotted on a lint free towel before being inserted in the Ames Reflectance meter. The ARM measured the change in color of the reagent area of the strip against a set of preset colors in order to reflect the exact blood glucose level. It gave out a numerical reading through a swinging needle against a calibrated dial in the meter.
Bayer glucometer products are leading diabetes care management products since the last several decades. The first ever portable glucometer ARM was a Bayer product. Bayer also manufactured the first personal glucometer in 1981 under the brand name GLUCOMETER. In 1985 Bayer introduced GLUCOMETER II which was the first personal glucometer with a memory to help keep track of diabetic test results. This was followed by GLUCOMETER M in 1986 which came with event markers and also a computer interface. Bayer is credited with introducing the Glucofacts Data Managemnt System in 1987, a first in PC application for blood glucose data analysis.
In 1989 Bayer glucometer products got a novel addition in Glucofacts Data Link Modem providing a telephone link up for blood glucose monitoring. Innovation in lancets came in the form of the Microlet Vaculence in 1997. It was an automatic lancing device aimed at bettering blood sample acquisition from several body sites apart from the fingertips.
Bayer glucometer products today include among others personal glucometers like the Elite XL, Contour and Breeze which greatly help patients in personal blood glucose monitoring and control in the most convenient manner. Bayer Contour and Breeze glucometers require no coding. This ‘no coding’ technology makes these devices extremely user friendly and allow obtaining quick and accurate test results.
The Contour bayer glucometer is the very first personal blood glucose monitoring system that does not need coding. It is also designed to automatically correct several other common variables that can affect accuracy of test values. The Breeze Bayer glucometer has received the ease-of-use commendation form the US Arthritis Foundation for the disk dispensing system that eliminates the need of manual handling of individual blood glucose testing strips.
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