Acta Diabetologica

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 213–216 | Cite as

Evaluation of bedside blood glucose monitoring by the phlebotomy team in an acute general care hospital

  • J. M. Johnston
  • P. Grondziowski
  • R. M. Windisch
  • R. A. Eder
  • L. Lytle
Hospital Management


A feasibility study was undertaken to evaluate laboratory phlebotomists performing bedside glucose monitoring (BGM) over a 3-month period on a medical and surgical floor. Specific questions included: feasibility of providing testing on a 24-h basis, accuracy, appropriate utilization, effect on patient care, and an analysis of cost. In all, 1975 tests were performed on 114 patients. BGM results were within 15% of the laboratory's result 97% of the time. Patient and physician satisfaction was high. Although the cost of BGM is slightly higher than a laboratory glucose test, its use appeared to reduce the length of hospital stay by 0.47 days. Practical information on initiating a highly successful BGM program is provided.

Key words

Phlebotomist Bedside glucose monitoring Quality control 


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© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Johnston
    • 1
  • P. Grondziowski
    • 1
  • R. M. Windisch
    • 1
  • R. A. Eder
    • 1
  • L. Lytle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of EndocrinologyThe Mercy Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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