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Lab update: Critical Value for Blood Glucose increases from >400 to >500

By Clark E. McDonald, MD, medical director, Salem Hospital Laboratories

Starting Oct. 2, Salem Health is adjusting the Critical Value on Blood Glucose testing results. The Emergency Department originated this change with the goal of reducing the high volume of telephone calls reporting Critical Values to ED charge nurses.  Discussions with other hospitals in Oregon confirmed they also have set their Blood Glucose Critical Value at >500.  This will not change any existing protocols.

Questions? Email me at Clark.McDonald@salemhealth.org or by phone, 503-814-3357.

 

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