ACCU-CHEK® Performa Blood Glucose Meter

The ACCU-CHEK® Performa meter is used for measuring blood glucose levels at the point of care.

Completing education and competency requirements are mandatory for all staff before using the ACCU-CHEK® Performa meter.

Follow the steps below.

Learn to use the device

  1. complete the required education and competency.

    If you are an Island Health employee, use the following link: Point of Care Testing: Education and Competency (Island Health login required).

    If you are an Island Health affiliate, use the following quick reference guide: ACCU-CHEK Performa Education and Competency Requirements.

Prepare to use the device

  1. Gather supplies.

    Handling, Storing and Ordering ACCU-CHEK Performa Supplies.

  2. Perform a quality control (QC) test, if required.

    Performing a Quality Control Test: ACCU-CHEK Performa
    POC BGM 20 400 Appendix C Quality Assurance Log  
    POC BGM 20 100 Performing a QC Test on the Performa meter 

  3. Confirm the meter is ready to use.

    Troubleshooting ACCU-CHEK Performa
    Updating ACCU-CHEK Performa Test Strip Lot Information 

Perform a Patient Blood Test

  1. Determine if meter testing using capillary blood is appropriate.

    Glucose Meter Limitations (Island Health login required)

  2. Perform Positive Patient Identification (PPID) according to Island Health policies and procedures.

    Positive Patient/Client Identification (PPID) at Point of Care (Island Health login required) 

  3. Collect a blood sample.

    Obtaining Consent (Island Health login required)
    Collecting Capillary Finger Stick Blood Samples (Island Health login required)

  4. Perform the patient blood test.

    Performing a Patient Blood Glucose Test: ACCU-CHEK Performa 
    POC BGM 20 150 Performing a Patient Test on the Performa Meter Procedure

  5. Dispose of used supplies.

    Safer Work Practices For Nursing (Island Health login required)
    Infection Prevention and Control: Best Practice

  6. Review and document patient results in the patient’s permanent health record (paper-based or electronic).

    Point of Care Testing (POCT) PowerForm
    Glucose Meter Limitations (Island Health login required)
    POC BGM 20 200 Interpreting Patient Results

  7. Respond to critical results.

    Adult Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) (Island Health login required)
    Pediatric Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) (Island Health login required)
    Screening and Management of Neonatal Hypoglycemia (Island Health login required)
    Adult Hypoglycemia Treatment Guideline: What to do When Your Adult Patient has Low Blood Sugar 

  8. Clean and disinfect the device.

    Cleaning and Disinfecting ACCU-CHEK Performa
    POC BGM 20 250 Cleaning and Disinfecting the Performa Glucose Meter 
    Medical Devices and Information Management/Information Technology Equipment Cleaning and Disinfection (Island Health login required)


POCT Lab Technical Support
(Monitored Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Dr. Gordon Hoag - Medical Director Laboratory Medicine

Judy Labelle - POCT Technical Coordinator
250-716-7790 local 57790

Carole Pellow - POCT Technical Resource, South Island
250-727-4334 local 14334

Marti Dewar - Technical Resource, North Island
250-850-2413 local 62413


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