Category: Hypoglycemia

Glucometry with Hypoglycemic patient

Question#: 559

Question:

How often can you repeat a glucometry when a patient is hypoglycemic? Should we be double checking a glucose even if a patient is showing improvements after treatment (this is not in regards to a 72 patient)?

Answer:

Although excessive glucometry acquisition is unnecessary, re-assessing blood sugar after treatment(s) is prudent to confirm the results of your interventions, and may be valuable further along in the circle of care. As you are likely aware, there may be delays in assessments in chaotic emergency departments, and even if a patient's mentation has returned to baseline, glucometry may still be borderline. Including these details at transfer of care can assist in prioritization of acuity level and will indicate if additional treatments are required sooner than later.

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