Blood glucose monitoring and management in acute stroke care

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Author

Elizabeth Laird, Lecturer of nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


Short description

Adults with acute stroke are at increased risk of experiencing hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia. Read this module and learn about the imoportance of blood glucose monitoring and management in caring for patients following stroke.


Detailed description

Diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor for stroke. Concerns have been raised that adults with acute stroke, irrespective of whether or not they have a history of diabetes mellitus, are at increased risk of experiencing hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia. Hyperglycaemia is associated with severe stroke and poor clinical outcomes, therefore blood glucose monitoring and management are essential skills for healthcare professionals caring for patients who have had a stroke.

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