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Measuring point-of-care blood glucose in critically ill patients

Corl, Dawn E. MN, RN, CDE, CDTC; Greenfield, Lucy MN, RN, CCRN; Hoofnagle, Andrew MD, PhD; Baird, Geoffrey S. MD, PhD; Suhr, Louise D. MN, ARNP; Wisse, Brent E. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000466768.62682.66

Many critically ill patients require frequent blood glucose (BG) monitoring. Blood samples can be taken as arterial, venous, or capillary blood with important differences in BG levels among the sample types. The FDA calls for higher manufacturer standards for hospital POC BG meters.

Dawn E. Corl is a diabetes clinical nurse specialist, Lucy Greenfield is an assistant nurse manager in the Medical Cardiac ICU, Andrew Hoofnagle is an associate professor of Lab Medicine and the Head of the Division of Clinical Chemistry, Geoffrey S. Baird is an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Louise D. Suhr is a glycemic control nurse practitioner and Brent E. Wisse is an associate professor of medicine. All of the authors are affiliated with the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center.

FDA standards call for accuracy in devices.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

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