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Capillary blood glucose evaluation is routinely performed on patients presenting to the accident and emergency department. However, the limitations of this test are not widely known. We recently cared for a shocked patient who was hypoglycaemic (capillary glucose 1.3 mmol/l, venous laboratory glucose 2.3 mmol/l) on presentation. He was treated with repeated boluses of intravenous glucose and a single dose of …
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