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How do you measure blood glucose?

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We are quite dis-satisfied with our current equipment (Freestyle light, Abbott) https://www.abbottdiabetescare.com/products/patient/fs-lite-overview.html

as we often feel that the instrument gives false low values.


So... what equipment do you use for routine blood sugar measurements in the NICU and maternity ward?

What method do you use for blood sampling?

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We have always used our Radiometer ABL 800 flex blood gas machine as this was believed to be the most accurate way of testing for blood glucose. we use a 0.35mL capillary tube. Any babies that require BGLs are brought to the unit and are sampled and analysed immediately. If for any reason the ABL 800 is not working then a sample is taken in a microlitre collection tube and sent to the lab.

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