Acute Care Volume 23, Issue 21

Medication Safety Alert! October 18, 2018

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Problem: Glucose testing is one of the most frequent point-of-care (POC) tests performed in hospitals.1 While POC glucose testing offers immediate results that can be used to make important clinical decisions about the treatment of hypo- or hyperglycemia, errors can occur at any point in the testing process. For example, earlier studies have found that the most common types of errors associated with POC glucose testing are related to delays in testing due to the unavailability of trained staff2 and a failure to positively identify patients prior to testing.3 In the latter case, a study in a...

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