Suitability of Capillary Blood Glucose Analysis in Patients Receiving Vasopressors
Myra F. Ellis, RN, MSN, Kesi Benjamin, RN, Morgan Cornell, RN, Kelsey Decker, RN, Debra Farrell, RN, Lynn McGugan, RN, DNP, Gloria P. Porter, RN, Helen Shearin, RN, Yanfang Zhao, MS, and Bradi B.Granger, RN, PhD
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Identify the factors that can affect the accuracy of blood sugar testing.
  • Discuss what blood glucose testing method is acceptable for patients with less than 2, or more than 2 vasopressors.
  • Describe the potential consequences of using an inaccurate blood glucose testing method.

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: A132253
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 9/1/2017


Glycemic control in critically ill patients decreases infection and mortality. Patients receiving vasopressors have altered peripheral perfusion, which may affect accuracy of capillary blood glucose values measured with point-of-care devices.

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