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Diabetes Spectr. 2015 Aug;28(3):201-8. doi: 10.2337/diaspect.28.3.201.

Selecting an A1C Point-of-Care Instrument.

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1
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Auburn, AL ; Baptist Health, Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program, Montgomery, AL.
2
Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Auburn, AL.

Abstract

A1C point-of-care (POC) instruments benefit patients with diabetes by facilitating clinician decision making that results in significant glycemic improvements. Three National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP)-certified POC products are available in the United States: the handheld A1CNow (formerly manufactured by Bayer Diabetes Care but now made by Chek Diagnostics) and two bench-top models called the Axis-Shield Afinion Analyzer and the Siemens DCA Vantage. This article compares the three available NGSP-certified POC products in terms of accuracy, precision, ease of use, cost, and additional features. Its goal is to aid health care facilities in conveniently identifying the A1C POC product that best meets their needs. It additionally reviews evidence that supports the continued use of A1C POC instruments in the clinical arena.

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