Journal article

Glucometric benchmarking in an Australian hospital enabled by networked glucose meter technology

Mervyn Kyi, Peter G Colman, Lois M Rowan, Katie A Marley, Paul R Wraight, Spiros Fourlanos

The Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess glucometric outcomes and to estimate the incidence of hypo- and hyperglycaemia among non-critical care inpatients in a major Australian hospital. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A prospective 10-week observational study (7 March - 22 May 2016) of consecutive inpatients with diabetes or newly detected hyperglycaemia admitted to eight medical and surgical wards at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Point-of-care blood glucose (BG) data were collected with networked glucose meters. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Glycaemic control, as assessed with three glucometric models (by population, by patient, by patient-day); incidence of adverse glycaemic days (AGDs; patient-days with BG level..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This investigator-initiated study was supported by an Australian Diabetes Society-Sanofi Diabetes Research Grant and a Royal Melbourne Hospital Lottery grant. Mervyn Kyi was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship. We acknowledge the support of Australasian Medical and Scientific (in particular, Emma Farrugia, Martin Rocliffe and Hari Chandra) for installing the networked blood glucose meters, and for training and technical support.