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How Can Point-of-Care Technologies Support In-Hospital Diabetes Care?
journal contributionposted on 2023-03-20, 10:46 authored by Shivani Misra, Parizad Avari, Alistair Lumb, Daniel Flanagan, Pratik Choudhary, Gerry Rayman, Ketan Dhatariya
People with diabetes admitted to hospital are at risk of diabetes related complications including hypoglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis. Point-of-care (POC) tests undertaken at the patient bedside, for glucose, ketones, and other analytes, are a key component of monitoring people with diabetes, to ensure safety. POC tests implemented with a quality framework are critical to ensuring accuracy and veracity of results and preventing erroneous clinical decision making. POC results can be used for self-management of glucose levels in those well-enough and/or by healthcare professionals to identify unsafe levels. Connectivity of POC results to electronic health records further offers the possibility of utilising these results proactively to identify patients ‘at risk’ in real-time and for audit purposes. In this article, the key considerations when implementing POC tests for diabetes in-patient management are reviewed and potential to drive improvements using networked glucose and ketone measurements are discussed. In summary, new advances in POC technology should allow people with diabetes and the teams looking after them whilst in hospital to integrate to provide safe and effective care.
Author affiliationDiabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester
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