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Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology:
doi: 10.1097/POC.0000000000000027
Review Article

A Tale of 2 Studies: How 2 Clinical Trials Changed the Use of Glucose Meters in Healthcare

Karon, Brad S. MD, PhD

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Abstract

Glucosemeters are a fast and convenient way to measure circulating blood glucose. Like many technologies in healthcare, the use of glucose meters within the hospital has evolved significantly during the last few decades. In the case of glucose meters, device use has been propelled by 2 sets of landmark clinical trials: the Diabetes Control and Complications (DCCT) trial published in 1993 and the intensive care unit glycemic control trials starting with the work of Dr Van den Berghe et al in 2001. This review will detail how these landmark studies changed the role of glucose meters in the hospital setting and the controversies and questions opened by the expanded use of glucose meters in the hospital.

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