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Title: Pilot study of random finger prick glucose testing as a screening tool for type 2 diabetes mellitus in the emergency department.
Austin Authors: Hewat, N;McD Taylor, D;Macdonald, E
Affiliation: Emergency Department, Austin Hospital, Victoria 3084, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2009
Publication information: Emergency Medicine Journal : Emj; 26(10): 732-3
Abstract: A study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of undiagnosed hyperglycaemia among patients in the emergency department (ED) and to evaluate the usefulness of random fingerprick plasma glucose (RFPG) screening in the ED with GP follow-up.A cross-sectional pilot study of 101 non-diabetic patients in the ED aged > or =45 years was performed.31 (30.7%) had never had diabetic screening. 67 (66.3%) had plasma glucose levels > or =5.5 mmol/l and were advised to consult their GP; 38 (56.7%) did so and 23 (60.5%) of these had follow-up testing. Nine patients (8.9%) were ultimately diagnosed with impaired glucose metabolism.There is considerable potential for diabetic screening in the ED setting.
Gov't Doc #: 19773496
DOI: 10.1136/emj.2008.067041
Journal: Emergency medicine journal : EMJ
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Blood Glucose.analysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2.blood.diagnosis
Emergency Service, Hospital
Mass Screening
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
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