Accuracy, patient acceptance and clinical application of capillary HbA1c monitoring.
PL Dunning, M Weberruss, GM Ward
Diabetic Medicine | Published : 1991
HbA1c values in capillary blood (50 microliters) were compared with venous samples, assayed by HPLC (normal less than 6.6%) in 64 Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic patients. One group (n = 43) collected capillary blood in the Outpatient Department simultaneously with a venous sample. The capillary sample collection was not supervised. A second group (n = 21) obtained two capillary samples during routine home blood glucose monitoring in Unistep containers within 2 days of the venous sample and posted them to the laboratory with a questionnaire about the ease of use and acceptance of the method. In the home collection group, 97% returned samples, there were no postal losses, and 75% returned question..View full abstract