Hospital Overreliance on Glucose Meters Can Have Dangerous Results

Recently, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA) released an advisory about how some hospitals may over rely on glucose meters and harm patients. Specifically the PPSA warned hospitals that while glucose meters provide important and immediate results, they are not a substitute for critical thinking and following proper protocols.

Hospital staff is urged not to act solely on the results of initial glucose meter readings, but also to conduct a patient assessment and to communicate with other caregivers before giving treatment. If equipment is faulty, for example, a patient who doesn’t need insulin may be provided with insulin and the results can be dangerous.

Have you ever had a false blood sugar reading in the hospital? Did you suffer from the medical mistake? Please leave a comment and let us know what happened.