Who does blood sugar checks where you work?

  1. The nurses' aid used to do our capillary glucoses but now it's being returned to the RN or LVN. Has this changed for anyone else?
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   rn-jane
    Our lpn's used to do them. Our cna's are now trained to get them and it really has helped us out.
  4. by   ggfifirn05
    My former employer had the nursing techs do the blood sugar checks, and then notify the RN with the number. However, the meal trays were delivered to everyone on the floor at the same time, so everyone got their insulin at the same time too.

    At my current employer, the RNs do the blood sugar checks, but that is mainly because trays are served "Room Service" style (the patient orders their meal whenever they are ready for it, between the hours of 0630 and 1830). You never know when you will have to cover them with insulin, since they do the ordering. I usually ask them to let me know if they've ordered, and do their Accucheck then; the trays are usually delivered with 45 mins to an hour after they call. I cover them when they receive their tray.
  5. by   CT Pixie
    I'm not a nurse, I'm a student, but at all the facilities I've done clinicals at (all LTC) the nurse (RN or LPN) assigned to the patient does the blood glucose tests. When we students are on the floors, we do them, report the finding, and administer the insulin if needed. (all of course under the watchful eye of our instructor)
  6. by   RNgonewild
    RN and LVN.
  7. by   marilynmom
    Nurse techs or CNA's.
  8. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    Nurses and Medical Techs.
    Maisy
  9. by   amyk_ncsu
    I am also a student and at our hospital the CNA's do the accuchecks. For our assigned patients, we do total patient care... all tasks for both the RN and CNA, including accuchecks.
  10. by   TheCommuter
    At my facility a licensed nurse (RN or LVN) has always done the blood glucose testing, and this hasn't changed.
  11. by   bethin
    CNA's
  12. by   cardiacRN2006
    RNs do them in my ICU.
  13. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Our hospital aides do them. Most of the RNs on my floor can't even remember their access number to log onto the glucometers.
  14. by   cousx2
    Usually PCTs, but RNs aren't above the job if no techs are available.

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