Research Article

Dextrostix-Eyetone in the insulin hypoglycaemia test.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 16 July 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:152
  1. M A Preece,
  2. R G Newall


    The Ames Dextrostix-Eyetone system was evaluated for monitoring the blood glucose concentration during insulin-induced hypoglycaemia. The results agreed well with laboratory values for plasma glucose, obtained by an orthotoluidine method, and the method was practicable as a bedside technique. In two cases quick results obtained with the Eyetone enabled the insulin tolerance test to be interrupted to prevent severe hypoglycaemia before the clinical indications were obvious. The extra time and effort required were minimal, and its value seems to far outweigh the disadvantage of the extra work entailed. Nevertheless, care in using the system was important, and the operator must familiarise himself with the system before the most reliable results can be obtained.