Point-of-care capillary HbA1c measurement in the emergency department: a useful tool to detect unrecognized and uncontrolled diabetes.

Published on Dec 1, 2016in International Journal of Emergency Medicine
· DOI :10.1186/s12245-016-0107-6
Fernando Gomez-Peralta8
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Cristina Abreu5
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+ 8 AuthorsGuillermo E. Umpierrez61
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(Emory University)
Background Inpatient hyperglycaemia and diabetes mellitus (DM) are common and are associated with an increased risk of complications and mortality. The severity of hyperglycaemia determines the rate of complications in patients treated in the emergency department (ED). Our aim was to examine whether determination of the capillary haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a reliable method for detecting unknown diabetes and poor glycaemic control in the ED.
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