Glucose test strips - blood

Last updated: Thursday, 08, April, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

Drop of whole blood.

Method

Spectrophotometry or potentiometry.

Reference Interval

Fasting: 3.0-5.4 mmol/L.

Application

Monitoring of glycaemia control in diabetics, usually by the patient.

Monitoring of neonates for hypoglycaemia (a low level must be validated by laboratory assay).

Test strips should not be used for a GTT, for definitive diagnosis of hypoglycaemia, or for management of acute hyperglycaemia.

Interpretation

Suboptimal diabetic therapy results in periods of hyper- or hypo-glycaemia.

Reference

Nyomba BL et al. Diabet Med 2004; 21(2): 129-135.