Diabetes opportunistic testing

The study, conducted at Canberra Hospital, of 4500 blood samples collected from patients in the community, presenting to the emergency department and in hospital, identified 120 cases of previously undiagnosed diabetes.

The highest rates, defined as HbA1c 6.5% or greater, occurred in the inpatient group, with 88 (3.9%) cases identified, compared with 1% in the community group and 1.9% in the ED group.

The inpatient rates of undiagnosed diabetes remained higher than the other two groups even