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Blood glucose monitoring guidance

This guidance has been developed to update the blood glucose monitoring consensus guidelines published in 2004 (Owens et al, 2004). The prevalence of diabetes and the treatment choices for people with the condition has increased significantly in the last decade, resulting in escalating costs. The pressure on the NHS to keep up with demand and meet expectations has led to increasing consideration in ensuring resources are good value for money. Initiatives to save money have included reducing access to blood glucose monitoring for some people depending upon their glycaemic therapy. There has been a variation in the way this advice has been interpreted and implemented locally, resulting in inequalities and confusion.

This document is intended to serve as a helpful resource for healthcare professionals working with people with diabetes, those who prescribe self-monitoring equipment, and for commissioners and designers of services.

This guidance was written by Training, Research and Education for Nurses in Diabetes (TREND UK). Other organisations representing people with diabetes and those who support them have been involved in the development of the guidance via a process of review.

When implementing this guidance, full account should be taken of the local context and any action taken should be in line with statutory obligations required of the organisation and individual. No part of this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would knowingly put anybody at risk.

To download a PDF of the full guidelines, click the link above right.

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