I had the joy of spending the night in the emergency room Friday for something unrelated to diabetes. Since I needed to be under a general anesthesia for a while and was unable to eat or drink for several hours, monitoring my blood sugar was a big issue. I had my glucometer with me and tested about hourly. The hospital simultaneously did its own tests with their glucometer. Some observations:
- Their glucometer was quite large - about the size of a large paperback book.
2, Their glucometer required a blood sample the size I used to need with glucometers 10 or more years ago.
- Their glucometer took more than 30 seconds to give them a reading.
- Their glucometer provided a reading that was consistently 30 points higher than mine, except for the reading that was 20 points below mine, and we always used the same blood sample. Thankfully, mine was always between 160 and 180 throughout, so there was not a concern about my going low.
Here’s what gets me – why aren’t hospitals using the same machines that we are? How can we trust hospitals if they are getting information that is so different from what we are getting?
Has anyone else experienced this?