Which is better and why? I’d love to see a side by side comparison and maybe some actual user reviews from people that have been using them for a while..
CoaguChek XS is better. My mom had a home healthcare company coming for a few months following her mechanical heart valve surgery that used the CoaguSense meter to test her INR. I thought it was for lab testing only as it did not look very user friendly when compared to my mom’s glucose meter. They had to use a pipette to draw the blood off of her finger and then put it into a well with a spinning wheel. The meter was about the size of a VCR player and usually took a few tries before it would give a result.
When mom was done with home health the nurse told us there are companies that will give patients their own meter to test at home. I did some research, called some companies and found the ROCHE CoaguChek XS to be the best one out there, same one her cardiologist used in his office. Uses a small drop of blood and is supposedly the most accurate one out there. ACS sent a nurse out to come teach us how to use it in about a weeks time and we have been testing every week at home with no problems. Well we had some trouble the first 2 weeks but ACS was great helping us figure it out what I was doing wrong and now have no issues at all. Much much easier than having to bring ma to the dr office every other week.
My doctor’s office has an INR meter made by Alere, I think it is the Hemosense meter. It seems to need a lot more blood than my CoaguChek meter and you have to get a hanging blood drop to land on a target. I love my CoaguChek meter that Advanced Cardio Services got me set up with! I can apply from the side like I do with my glucose meter and have not had any problems with it. I have not heard about the CoagSense meter but looked it up and it looks huge. I would definitely recommend the CoaguChek meter to anyone thinking about home INR testing. Also if your insurance will cover it, my Blue Shield plan does, ACS is great!