What is it about?

This article begins by giving the reader a brief overview of diabetes. The reasons behind the need for blood glucose monitoring are then explored. Correct and abnormal results are then explained with reference to acute problems which may arise due to abnormal readings. The practical procedure for carrying out blood glucose readings is then presented with some discussion around emerging technologies in this field.

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Why is it important?

All nurses should be aware of the importance of accurate blood glucose monitoring and the correct technique to carry out the procedure.


It is timely to have an article which reviews current best practice and provides a foundation of understanding for carrying out this important procedure. I hope this article will serve as a useful addition to the nurses toolkit of understanding and will ultimately benefit patients in practice.

Charlotte Gordon
Northumbria University

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This page is a summary of: Blood glucose monitoring in diabetes: rationale and procedure, British Journal of Nursing, April 2019, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2019.28.7.434.
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