Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people from children to older adults. There is no cure, although it can be managed to prevent complications. Education of student nurses is where they are born and raised to become nurses who save and change lives. Teaching student nurses in depth about diabetes as a disease and the treatments that best fit their specific needs is where educating patients begins. Learning about a secondary option for blood glucose checks can make all the difference for several patients. Multiple finger sticks daily has been the leading way to check blood sugar for years. Even with multiple checks hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can be undetected in a timely manner. Having continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) especially for patients that are asymptomatic when hypoglycemic can prevent episodes and improve quality of life (Beck et. al, 2017). A continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system is now available to patients with diabetes that attaches to the upper arm staying in place for up to 14 days (Reddy et al., 2018). A scanner is used to read the device and upload the blood glucose data to an application. This monitors continuously allowing freedom of patients from relying on finger sticks while also giving critical information in real time (Colas et al., 2018). It will also increase patient compliance and satisfaction in managing their disease. There is significant evidence-based data supporting CGM over flash glucose monitors (FGM). Considering the patient side of the device, ease of use and reliability will improve compliance and satisfaction. Physicians will also have increased data to use in creating an individualized, optimal care plan. Continued advances in healthcare will enhance the quality of life in patients on an individual and collective level.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing Education
Woodcock, Sara B., "Continuous Glucose Monitors to Decrease Hypoglycemia" (2020). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 12.
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