n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Study of the effect of altitude on the measurement of glycated haemoglobin using point-of-care instruments : cardiovascular topic




We measured the glycated haemoglobin (HbA) levels of a total of 24 non-diabetic volunteers and diabetic patients using a point-of-care (POC) analyser in three Cameroonian cities at different altitudes. Although 12 to 25% of duplicates had more than 0.5% (8 mmol/mol) difference across the sites, HbA values correlated significantly ( = 0.89-0.96). Further calibration studies against gold-standard measures are warranted.


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