Principles of blood glucose monitoring: what, where, how? (For DSN level)

Blood glucose testing has been an integral part of the management of diabetes since the 1980s. There are now more than 85 blood glucose monitoring systems in the UK market. There are also different ways of assessing blood glucose depending on the device, for example, capillary, whole blood and interstitial fluid sampling. The cost of blood glucose strips or sensors is said to be excessive for the NHS and recommendations from the National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence  (NICE, 2015) reminds healthcare professionals that not everyone with diabetes needs to test.

This session will provide information on the principles of effective blood monitoring and outcomes, accuracy of testing using different methods, and provide an update on new systems and access for monitoring

Learning outcomes:

Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the different systems relating to blood glucose monitoring and how the results may differ
  • Have gained an understanding of the clinical and cost implications of blood glucose monitoring
  • Consider the impact that blood glucose has on the management of diabetes for people living with the condition
  • Describe different groups of people where blood glucose monitoring may not be reliable

Wednesday 14th November 2018

12:50 - 13:20

TREND-UK & Injection Technique Matters (ITM)

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Nurse Consultant & Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester University Hospitals, TREND-UK & ITM

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