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Table 5 Direct costs of hypoglycaemic events

From: Insulin glargine compared to neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin in patients with type-2 diabetes uncontrolled with oral anti-diabetic agents alone in Hong Kong: a cost-effectiveness analysis

Treatment items Cost per treatment item (HKD) Number required (minimum) Number required (maximum) Cost per event (HKD)
Non-severe hypoglycaemic event
 Test strips 5 5.6 6.4  
 Self-treatmenta 20–40    
 Medical consultation 1110 0.25 0.39  
 Event total     415.2
Severe hypoglycaemic event not requiring immediate medical assistance
 Test strips 5 5.6 6.4  
 Self-treatmenta 20–40    
 Medical consultation 1110 1 1  
 Event total     1170
Severe hypoglycaemic event requiring immediate medical assistance
 AED attendance 990 1 1  
 In-patient general ward 4680 3 3  
 Medical consultation 0 3 3  
Event Total     15,030
  1. AED accident and emergency department
  2. aSelf-treatment: sugar drinks, snacks, glucose tablets, candy