Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) performed by instruments of type "point-of-care" (POC) in diabetic patients is now universally considered as an integral part of home management of this disease. Accordingly, the current ADA's recommendations for the use of POC in glucose monitoring include the following points: (a) to achieve and maintain glycemic control, (b) to prevent and detect the episodes of hypoglycemia, (c) to prevent the severe hyperglycemia, (d) to adjust lifestyle changes, (e) to determine the need to begin treatment with insulin in gestational diabetes mellitus. However, the results from glucose meters are not as accurate as those from laboratory methods since several factors could affect the results achieved by these instruments: user errors, incorrect calibration and quality control or biological and analytical interferences. The current recommendations aim to review the clinical indications for SMGB and to identify the requirements and the goals essential for proper management, evaluation and use of glucometer at home.
|Translated title of the contribution||Recommendations for the management, the evaluation and the use of glucometers in the extrahospital setting|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana della Medicina di Laboratorio|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, medical
- Medical Laboratory Technology