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Re: [IPk] Testing bg;s as an in patient



We have found that it differs from place to place. Charlie has been in four
London hospitals and each seems to have a different policy. But it has not
been difficult for us to use our own equipment -  although with some of the
emergency admissions, we haven't had everything to hand for a day or two. I
suspect it also has something to do with being familiar with a piece of
equipment. If I were nursing and faced with different machines that worked
in varied ways, I think I would rather use something with which I were
confident.

Barbara


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jackie Jacombs" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 12:44 PM
Subject: RE: [IPk] Testing bg;s as an in patient


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>  We always use our own blood testing equipment. Sasha aged 8. The nurses
will
> use ours too if they need
>  to test in the night. Though they usually wake me up anyway. We always
keep our
> insulin with us too and
>  the Doctors confer with us about doses. We must have been in and out of
> hospital at least 8 times since
>  diagnosis. Tummy bugs, flu type illnesses, etc, coeliac biopsy, which was
at a
> different hospital.
>
>
> Jackie
> Mum of Sasha
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted]On
> > Behalf Of Carmel Matthews
> > Sent: 01 April 2003 11:26
> > To: email @ redacted
> > Subject: [IPk] Testing bg;s as an in patient
> >
> >
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> > I wonder if anyone can help either as a person who has had experience of
> > testing their own bgs in hospital or as a medic/diabetic. I was recently
> > caring for a laady in labour who was gestational diabetic who was being
> > treated with insulin. She required large doses ie 24 hr total 130-150
units
> > so in labour she needed a sliding scale of insulin which was altered
every
> > hr according to her bg result. She was conscious and not using any pain
> > relief that might cloud her judgement. She was using a lifescan ultra
> > machine provided by the hospital and was running out of testing strips
so I
> > tried to order some from pharmacy. what a surprise they don't stock
them. I
> > then tried to contact the super friendly totally approachale DSN. I am
still
> > reeling from the response!
> > quote  Inpatients are not allowed to use their own blood testing
equipment
> > we have to use the Glucometer 4s which are callibrated by the
biochemist.
> > (the results were the same or 0.1 mmols out compared to the Ultra that
she
> > had given to the patient to use during her pregnancy and she was
advising to
> > adjust her insulin according to those results) The fear being that we
could
> > be sued for giving the wrong dose of insulin or whatever > I won't go
any
> > further into the argument but she definately had not read the NSF for
> > diabetic people and empowering them. I am taking it further but want to
hear
> > of other people's experiences. We need to be flexible and I want to
ensure
> > that happens You can e-mail me off list if you would prefer but I would
be
> > grateful forany opinions either way as personally I have always used my
own
> > equipment when hospitalised pregnant or not CARMEL
> >
> >
> >
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