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Blood Glucose Analysis

Clinical Indications: Last update 02/2009

    Patients with suspected hypoglycemia (diabetic emergencies, change in mental status, bizarre behavior, etc.)


    1. Gather and prepare equipment. Use antiseptic technique

    2. Blood samples for performing glucose analysis can be obtained through a finger-stick in adults or a heel stick in infant patients.

    3. Place correct amount of blood on reagent strip or site on glucometer per the manufacturer's instructions.

    4. Time the analysis as instructed by the manufacturer.

    5. Document the glucometer reading and treat the patient as indicated by the analysis and protocol.

    6. Repeat glucose analysis as indicated for reassessment after treatment and as per protocol.

    7. Perform Quality Assurance on glucometers at least once every 7 days, if any clinically suspicious readings are noted, and/or as recommended by the manufacturer and document in the log.

Competency Based Skill Requirements:

    Maintain knowledge of the indications, contraindications, technique, and possible complications of the procedure.

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