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Appropriateness of Using Tests for Blood Glucose and Diabetic Complications in Clinical Practice: Experiences in a Hospital in Thailand

Veeravan Lekskulchai

(Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24:7382-7386

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.911216

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate how the tests for blood glucose (BG) and diabetic complications have been utilized in a hospital in Thailand.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patient medical records having the results of BG, HbA1c, and/or urine microalbumin presented and the records of DM patients having the results of serum lipids, serum LDL-C, and/or serum creatinine presented were selected. The data of diagnosis, ordered tests, and testing results in these records were extracted for evaluation.
RESULTS: This study recruited 1066 patients diagnosed with DM and 3081 patients diagnosed with other diseases. Point-of-care testing (POCT) for BG was repeatedly used in 371 non-DM cases; most of its results were normal. The results of BG and HbA1c were often used together. There was a good relationship between them, and these test results indicated poor glycemic control in 58% of DM cases. In non-DM cases, the test results agreed, indicating normoglycemia in 17.32%, pre-diabetes in 20.47%, and diabetes in 21.78%. To prevent diabetic nephropathy, serum creatinine was frequently used, whereas urine microalbumin, the recommended test, was underutilized. The result of LDL-C from both direct measurement and calculation were used; however, based on the same guidelines, the results of measured LDL-C indicated risk of cardiovascular diseases in a higher percentage of DM cases than did the results of calculated LDL-C.
CONCLUSIONS: The use of POCT for BG in hospitalized patients may be inappropriate. The utilization of urine microalbumin should be promoted to effectively prevent diabetic nephropathy.

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