Finger sticks vs arterial blood sugar checking?

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    Krista
    Krista
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    Hey everyone, I was wondering, is there a significant difference between blood sugar measurements at the

    I am trying to figure out if there is any difference between checking blood sugar on a patient via the arterial method vs the finger stick method?  Is it any more accurate to check it arterially if you’re probably gonna need an insulin drip?

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    Linda
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    It’s usually arterial as being the most accurate and the gold standard, followed by central lines then finger stick.

    . If a patient doesn’t have a central or arterial line then I will do a finger stick. But if they need to have blood sugar checks every hour then I think they are a candidate for an arterial or central line. No patient wants to be stuck every hour.

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