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Accu-Chek employed by air ambulance

Filed under: News — Posted by: Andrew on March 5, 2012

An air ambulance is now using Accu-Chek Inform 11 test strips in an update to their system for monitoring blood glucose.

The strips perform to the level required to monitor patients who are critically ill throughout the entire process of transferring them from the aircraft to the hospital.

Stuart Cox, the Senior Flight Nurse says that they needed a tool which, although of a professional standard, would also be user-friendly and of course, reliable. They looked at a number of alternatives online but felt that the one they now use fit their criteria more than any other. What they liked about it compared to the others was its range, as it provides accurate results no matter whether the glucose levels are high or low. This is an important point for the safety of the patient.

Patients who are critically ill are more likely to experience hyperglycaemia or insulin brought on by stress, so it is important that their blood glucose levels are monitored closely.

There have been studies taken which prove that by maintaining the right amount of glycaemic control, it can save the life of the patient.

Stuart highlights the importance of the strips:

“Providing international medical assistance, including the transportation of critical care patients around Europe, we use the Accu-Chek Inform II glucose strips to assess patients prior to the flight to make sure they are stable; during the transfer to monitor them and guide any necessary treatment; and then after the flight to assess their status before handing them over to the next medical team.”

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