Practical skills

How to monitor blood glucose

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module describes how and when to monitor blood glucose as an essential part of diabetes care. Detecting hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, and why nurses should consider the rationale for testing blood glucose each time they do so, are also discussed.

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

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.


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