How to monitor blood glucose

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: How to modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


Trisha Dunning, Chair in nursing and director, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS), Barwon Health Partnership, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how monitor blood glucose.

Detailed description

Capillary blood glucose monitoring is an essential component of diabetes care. Blood glucose tests provide important information about how the body is controlling blood glucose metabolism, and the effect of glucose-lowering medicines, illness and stress.

  • The nurse should consider the rationale for testing blood glucose each time they perform a test, and reflect on the result, taking into consideration the patient’s blood glucose target range and recommended care guidelines.
  • Blood glucose testing times and testing frequency should be planned to suit the glucose-lowering medicine regimen and the clinical situation.