FAQs - Bayer Ascensia Contour 50 Blood Glucose Test Strips

Ascensia Contour Test Strips offer accuracy and reliability, ensuring you have the vital information you need to make informed decisions about your health. With their advanced technology, including Second-Chance® sampling and smart electrode technology, these strips deliver precise results and adapt to various conditions, empowering you to monitor your blood glucose levels with confidence. Your well-being deserves the best, and Ascensia Contour Test Strips will be your trusted companion in achieving optimal health and a balanced lifestyle.

Meters that work with Bayer Contour Test Strips

  • Bayer Contour
  • Bayer Contour USB
  • Bayer Contour LINK
  • Bayer Contour DIDGET

Main Features of the Bayer Contour Test Strips

  • Automatic correction for common interfering substances such as acetaminophen, ascorbic acid and hematocrit
  • No Coding Technology self-codes when the strip is inserted, eliminating inaccurate readings
  • Sip-in Sampling automatically draws blood into the test chamber
  • Small 0.6 µL blood samples
  • Fast 5-second countdown

Storing the Bayer Contour Test Strips

  • Store between 48ºF - 86ºF
  • Do not refrigerate

Bayer Contour Test Strips Contain

  • 6% w/w FAD glucose dehydrogenase (Aspergillus sp., 2.0 U/test strip)
  • 56% w/w potassium ferricyanide
  • 38% w/w non-reactive ingredients

Please Note: Bayer Contour Test Strips are also called Ascensia Contour Test Strips.  They are the same.

What are the benefits of Ascensia Contour 50 Test Strips?

Ascensia Contour 50 test strips are used with a blood glucose meter to measure blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Some of the benefits of Ascensia Contour 50 test strips include:

  1. Accurate readings: Ascensia Contour 50 test strips use advanced technology to provide accurate blood glucose readings, helping people with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels more effectively.

  2. Small sample size: The Ascensia Contour 50 test strips require only a small amount of blood for testing, which can be especially helpful for people who have difficulty obtaining larger blood samples.

  3. Quick results: The Ascensia Contour 50 test strips provide quick results, typically in as little as 5 seconds, allowing people with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels more efficiently.

  4. Easy to use: The Ascensia Contour 50 test strips are designed to be easy to use, with clear instructions for testing and minimal preparation required.

  5. Convenient size: The Ascensia Contour 50 test strips come in a convenient size for on-the-go testing, making it easier for people with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels while they are out and about.

It is important to note that Ascensia Contour 50 test strips may not be suitable for everyone and may interact with other medications or medical conditions. It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider before using any new medical device or medication, especially if you have diabetes or other medical conditions.

How do you use Ascensia Contour test strips?

To use Ascensia Contour test strips, follow these general steps:

1. Prepare the materials: Gather the Ascensia Contour glucose meter, a new Contour test strip, a lancing device with a lancet, and an alcohol swab or cotton ball.

2. Prepare the glucose meter: Ensure that the meter is turned on and that the display is clear and ready for testing. Check the battery level if necessary.

3. Clean your hands: Wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol swab or cotton ball to clean the area where you will obtain the blood sample. Make sure the area is dry before proceeding.

4. Prepare the lancet device: Load a fresh lancet into the lancing device following the manufacturer's instructions. Adjust the depth setting as per your comfort level and skin type.

5. Obtain a blood sample: Prick the side of your fingertip using the lancing device. Squeeze your finger gently to produce a small drop of blood. Do not apply the blood sample to the test strip yet.

6. Insert the test strip: Take a new Contour test strip and insert it into the meter in the designated slot. Ensure the strip is fully inserted and that the meter recognizes it.

7. Apply the blood sample: Touch the tip of the test strip to the blood drop on your fingertip. The strip will automatically draw the blood into the strip's channel. Keep the strip in contact with the blood until you see a flashing symbol or hear a beep indicating that enough blood has been collected.

8. Wait for the result: The meter will analyze the blood sample, and after a few seconds, the result will be displayed on the screen. Record the result in your logbook or any other tracking method you use.

9. Dispose of the used lancet and test strip: Safely dispose of the used lancet and test strip according to your local regulations and manufacturer's instructions.

Remember to carefully follow the specific instructions provided with your Ascensia Contour glucose meter and test strips, as the steps may vary slightly depending on the model and version. It's also recommended to consult the user manual or contact Ascensia Diabetes Care or your healthcare provider if you have any questions or need further clarification on the usage of the Contour test strips.

Are all Contour test strips compatible?

No, not all Contour test strips are compatible with every Contour glucose meter. The Contour line of glucose meters and test strips includes various models, and each model requires specific test strips designed for that particular meter.

For example, the Contour NEXT meter uses Contour NEXT test strips, while the Contour Plus One meter uses Contour Plus test strips. These test strips are not interchangeable between meters.

It's important to ensure that you use the appropriate test strips that are specifically recommended for your Contour meter model. Using incorrect or incompatible test strips may lead to inaccurate readings or cause the meter to malfunction.

To determine the compatibility of Contour test strips for your specific Contour meter model, refer to the product manual or packaging of your meter. It will provide clear guidance on the compatible test strips to use. If you have any doubts or questions, you can contact Ascensia Diabetes Care or consult with your healthcare provider for further assistance.

What is the difference between Contour test strips and Contour NEXT test strips?

The main difference between Contour test strips and Contour NEXT test strips lies in their technology and features. Here are the key distinctions:

1. Technology: Contour test strips use the original Ascensia Contour technology, while Contour NEXT test strips utilize the newer Contour NEXT technology. The Contour NEXT technology is designed to provide enhanced accuracy and minimize interference from various factors that can affect glucose readings, such as hematocrit levels, temperature, and medication interference.

2. Accuracy: Contour NEXT test strips are known for their high level of accuracy. They have met the ISO 15197:2013 accuracy requirements, which state that 95% of glucose results should fall within ±15 mg/dL (0.83 mmol/L) of the laboratory reference values for blood glucose concentrations below 100 mg/dL (5.55 mmol/L) and within ±15% for concentrations equal to or above 100 mg/dL (5.55 mmol/L). While Contour test strips are also accurate, the Contour NEXT technology provides an additional level of accuracy.

3. Smaller Sample Size: Contour NEXT test strips require a smaller blood sample size compared to Contour test strips. The smaller sample size can be beneficial, especially for individuals who have difficulty obtaining larger blood drops.

4. Second-Chance Sampling: One of the notable features of Contour NEXT test strips is the Second-Chance sampling capability. If there is an insufficient blood sample or an error in the first attempt, the Contour NEXT meter allows you to reapply blood to the same test strip within a certain timeframe without wasting a new strip.

It's important to note that the compatibility of the test strips depends on the specific Contour meter model you are using. While some Contour meters are compatible with both Contour and Contour NEXT test strips, others may require a specific type. Refer to the product manual or packaging of your Contour meter for the recommended and compatible test strip options for your specific meter model.

Are the Contour 7080G and Contour 7097C test strips compatible?

Yes, Contour 7080G and Contour 7097C are both compatible with Contour Meters.  Please note, they are not compatible with Contour NEXT meters.

Are the Contour NEXT 7308 and Contour 7097C test strips compatible?

No, Contour NEXT 7308 Test Strips work with Contour NEXT meters.  Contour 7097C Test Strips work with Contour meters.

Should I upgrade from Contour to Contour Next?

If you are currently using the Contour blood glucose meter and considering an upgrade, the Contour Next meter offers several advantages that may make it a worthwhile choice. Here are some key factors to consider:

1. Enhanced Accuracy: The Contour Next meter is known for its advanced accuracy in blood glucose readings. It utilizes innovative technology that minimizes the impact of common variables, such as hematocrit and certain interfering substances, resulting in highly precise readings.

2. Second-Chance® Sampling: The Contour Next meter features Second-Chance sampling, which allows you to apply a second drop of blood within 60 seconds if the first drop is not sufficient. This feature can help prevent wasted test strips and provide peace of mind by ensuring accurate readings even with small blood samples.

3. No Coding Required: Unlike the previous Contour meter, the Contour Next meter does not require manual coding. This eliminates the need to manually adjust the meter with each new box of test strips, making the testing process more convenient and reducing the risk of coding errors.

4. Post-Meal Testing Reminders: The Contour Next meter offers optional post-meal testing reminders, which can be helpful in managing blood glucose levels after meals. These reminders prompt you to check your blood glucose at specific times after eating, assisting in monitoring and maintaining optimal blood sugar control.

5. Compatibility with Digital Apps: The Contour Next meter is compatible with various digital apps and software platforms that allow you to track and analyze your blood glucose readings over time. This can help you gain insights into patterns, identify trends, and share data with healthcare professionals for more informed diabetes management.

Before making a decision, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider or diabetes educator. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and preferences. Remember, choosing the right blood glucose meter is crucial for effectively managing your diabetes and maintaining optimal health.