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Does your child's school or day care provider require you to supply them with calibration data on your child's blood glucose meter?

 
     

Yes

 
 

8%

 

43

 
     

No

 
 

76%

 

386

 
     

I don't know

 
 

5%

 

30

 
     

My child is too young for school

 
 

6%

 

31

 
     

Other

 
 

2%

 

14

 
 

Does your child's school or day care provider require you to supply them with calibration data on your child's blood glucose meter?

Poll dates: September 23 - 30, 2001
Total Votes: 504

We conducted this poll because of a recent question to the Diabetes Team, which piqued our interest in knowing how many schools are requiring meter calibration data.

Although we still are unclear as to whether or not the CLIA [Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments] apply to the schools, any school requiring this information would seem to be genuinely concerned with the safety of children with diabetes. In this day and age, especially with the increased necessity for insulin administration at school, personnel are making critical decisions based on numbers generated by meters. Therefore, it is understandable, and commendable, that more schools appear to requesting this information. Of our readers who answered the poll, 8% said that their child's school was requiring this information.

Another recent poll revealed that a significant number of respondents did not routinely use control solution to check meter accuracy. We hope that this current poll will again emphasize the importance of making sure meters work properly.

Stephanie Schwartz, RN, MPH, CDE

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