Blood glucose monitoring and management in acute stroke care
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Blood glucose monitoring and management in acute stroke care

Elizabeth Laird Lecturer of nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor for stroke. Concerns have been raised that adults with acute stroke, irrespective of whether or not they have a history of diabetes mellitus, are at increased risk of experiencing hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia. Hyperglycaemia is associated with severe stroke and poor clinical outcomes, therefore blood glucose monitoring and management are essential skills for healthcare professionals caring for patients who have had a stroke.

Nursing Standard. 28, 19, 52-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 29 July 2013

Accepted: 17 October 2013

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