In reply: We acknowledge the valuable comments of Barmanray and colleagues1 and agree with the points made. While a bedside audit of practice such as the Queensland Inpatient Diabetes Survey (QuIDS) has the ability to assess glycaemic control, there is also the potential to measure other aspects of inpatient diabetes management, including diabetic foot and perioperative care, the incidence of prescribing errors, and the assessment of patients’ experience. Glucometric analysis, however, has the potential for near‐real time assessment of glycaemic parameters and the ability to use these measures to intervene and improve patient outcomes.2 But it requires hospitals to have access to an electronic medical record or to networked blood glucose monitoring, technology that is not available in many hospitals.
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