Implementation of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in the Hospital: Emergent Considerations for Remote Glucose Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rodolfo J. Galindo, Grazia Aleppo, David C. Klonoff, Elias K. Spanakis, Shivani Agarwal, Priya Vellanki, Darin E. Olson, Guillermo E. Umpierrez, Georgia M. Davis, Francisco J. Pasquel*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) has become a widely used tool in the ambulatory setting for monitoring glucose levels, as well as detecting uncontrolled hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and glycemic variability. The accuracy of some CGM systems has recently improved to the point of manufacture with factory calibration and Food and Drug Administration clearance for nonadjunctive use to dose insulin. In this commentary, we analyze the answers to six questions about what is needed to bring CGM into the hospital as a reliable, safe, and effective tool. The evidence to date indicates that CGM offers promise as an effective tool for monitoring hospitalized patients. During the current coronavirus disease 2019 crisis, we hope to provide guidance to healthcare professionals, who are seeking to reduce exposure to SARS-Cov-2, as well as preserve invaluable personal protective equipment. In this commentary, we address who, what, where, when, why, and how CGM can be adopted for inpatient use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-832
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • CGM
  • COVID-19
  • continuous glucose monitoring
  • diabetes mellitus
  • hospitalized
  • inpatient
  • type 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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