Diabetes Care, November/December 1984, pp 590-4 Potential pitfalls in the use of Gluco scan and Glucoscan II meters for self-monitoring of blood glucose
AbstractUpdate of the JournalsDiabetes Care, November/December 1984, pp 590-4 Potential pitfalls in the use of Gluco scan and Glucoscan II meters for self-monitoring of blood glucose SAGE Publications, Inc.1985DOI: 10.1177/014572178501100129 Victor G. Laus MS Mark A. Dietz BS The authors discovered that nurses skilled in the use of Biostator, but only casually trained in the use of Glucoscan meters, had a 36% incidence of unacceptable results. A controlled study showed that with Glucoscan I, 4 of 27 readings were unacceptable, and with Glucoscan II, 3 of 27 readings were unacceptable (statistically nonsignificant). Glucoscan I underestimated the reference glucose concentration by 11.7% and Glucoscan 11 overestimated by 6.5 % (statistically significant). The authors conclude that the health professional must be aware of interdevice and intradevice variability in self-monitoring. Careful patient education in use of meters is necessary and caution should be used in making clinical decisions based on any single determination.