... testing being accurate, and can either recommend for or against a particular machine/manufacturer?
Home INR monitors are simple to use and provide accurate results. You don't need any medical experience or technology skills to perform the simple INR test. The listed monitors are all approved for professional and home use allowing you immediate INR test values resulting in improved care. All monitors are portable and include a carrying case. ITC ProTime® Microcoagulation System (sold since 1997 by International Technidyne Corp) - •Results in minutes, Bar-coded cuvette (requires refrigeration), Two-in-one incision and sampling device (Tenderlett® Plus device), Uses batteries, rechargeable battery pack, Back-lit easy-to-read display;
Alere INRatio®2 INR monitor - On board quality control; Small sample size, Yields results in about 60 seconds, Individually wrapped test strips, Uses AC or battery power (AA batteries), Icon based interface; and
Roche CoaguChek® XS INR system - Small blood sample, Built-in quality control checks every strip, Yields results in about 60 seconds, Uses battery power (AAA batteries), Large symbol-based display. You should check with your insurance carrier to see how much they will pay and if they perfer one over the other.
Hi Terca I had a DVT/PE 2 yrs ago come this January. I had been getting my warfarin checked every 2 weeks and then the nurse realized that is was becoming non theraputic, so I had to get it checked every week. Because I am on Disability, I qualified for the "Alure Home Monitor", which is the same one used at my Coag clinic. I am not sure about how it works if you work or have INS. You can talk to your dr and see because an order has to be written and approved. But it works great for me because I check it weekly. Ask your Dr about it. I don't drive and it was difficult for me to go to the hospital every week for a ride. But; Yes, a person can get one. Hope this helped! mydogrudy7
I have had a home machine since OHS in 2005. I test every Thursday and it takes less than five minutes. You should be able to purchase a home machine on eBay or Amazon, as they list many of them. I get my test strips off eBay for a lot less than the supplier I used to use. I just pay for them out-of-pocket and bypass insurance entirely. Lot less of a headache.
Hematologist prescibed one for me through Alere. The cost to me was prohibitive--over $500 for 6 months of test strips (2 per month). I have Blue Cross high deductible insurance and it would have been 80% after $3000 deductible. I bought one on eBay for >$800 including 48 test strips. Completely eliminated all middle men. Ridiculous!!!
For everyone! I do have an Alere PT/INRatio2 Monitor and kit available and for sale! Been trying to sell it But not sure if hospitals will buy it or a dr would want to. I have two sets of monitors and I don't need the 2nd one. Any interested parties or should I try the drs at the hospitals?
I have been self testing my INR for close to 15 years. The only problem I ever HAD was dealing with the company that deals with the meter and sells the test strips. They also pressure patients to test and call in the INR so they can call the doctor, then call you back. They also want you to have a prescription for weekly testing. They want you testing weekly the same day of the week and not be late. Even though my Doctor may tell me I can go 2 or 3 weeks without testing they harass you. They will tell you all kinds of things to push you to maximize your test strip purchases. They even lie and tell you that it is necessary for insurance to cover testing. I could go on but you get the idea.
I finally decided to buy my own meter and strips which will save my insurance company $3000 a year. I never called in my INR to anyone but my doctors office. The self teasing company harassed me with more BS than I could take. Their dishonesty, greedy, and pushy behavior led me to owning my own meter. I'm not saying this is the right thing for everyone but I am whole lot happier.
The coagucheck XS is about $1300 for the standard price. You can check around and find something better. I got a new one just like my rental (Coagucheck xs) for under $500. I purchased test strips, 24 count for $170. I can test twice a month for less than $14 a month. So in the long run it will cost me less to test, and do it when I want to. You don't need a prescription to do this on your own. Once you get over the shock of buying a meter you will be so much happier.
I would watch out for someone trying to get rid of a meter that may have recall. There are several of those out there. know expiration date of strips you are buying.
Just to let you know. I have been using Alere home monitoring system for several years. Just received notice of mandatory recall for machine and strips. They offer no alternative home product in their notice. Users were notified about a year or so ago to compare a same day home result to a venous lab result. The systems numbers were lower than lab results. As I mentioned, they now have a mandatory recall.
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