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Hypoglycemia – How Low Can You Go?

How low can you go? When it comes to sugar levels and you begin to experience hypoglycemic symptoms, it depends on who you ask.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl.” While the Endocrine Society classifies hypoglycemia as a clinically low blood glucose level accompanied by evidence of side effects associated with the condition. read more…

Blood Sugar Levels – Speak Greek

HyperglycemiaHypoglycemia.  What’s the difference?   What’s the significance, if it’s all Greek to you?

Hyper, derived from Greek, means above, or in excess; while glyc denotes sweet, and mia means in the blood. Together, they mean too much glucose in the blood. Hypo, also Greek, means less than normal or deficient, in this case too little glucose in the blood. read more…

Managing Blood Glucose Properly Can Save Big Bucks

In hospitalized patients, managing blood glucose levels is a complex and sometimes controversial issue. For about 20 percent of the hospitalized population, hyperglycemia (excess blood sugar) has a significant detrimental impact, which includes increased mortality. This also correlates with increased morbidity, negative outcomes, increased length of stay in the ICU and in the hospital. Additionally, it is associated with higher infection rates and more ventilator days. read more…

Wilson Memorial Hospital Takes the Efficient Route to Conquering Hyperglycemia and Becoming a Best Practice Site

Is your hospital experiencing obstacles in glycemic control for critically ill patients? Is your clinical staff spending large amounts of time trying to manage blood sugar levels with less than satisfactory results? One forward-thinking community hospital in Ohio discovered it didn’t have to be that way and that achieving vastly improved results didn’t have to become a drain on financial resources.

Concerned about its inability to stabilize glucose levels in its most acutely ill patients, Wilson Memorial Hospital, a 71-bed community hospital, engaged a well-known glycemic benchmarking service. The service found the hospital in the lowest quartile of benchmarked hospitals nationwide. Knowing that hyperglycemia correlates with poor clinical outcomes and mortality in patients with and without a history of diabetes, naturally the Wilson staff was disturbed. read more…

Holy Cross Hospital Successfully Combats Hyperglycemia…

in its Induced Hypothermia Patients with Leading Edge Technology

Named one of the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation, Holy Cross Hospital is a 571-bed hospital in seaside Broward County, Florida.  Embracing a strategic intervention for unconscious cardiac arrest, brain injury and stroke patients, Holy Cross successfully introduced a hypothermia (IH) program. This program reduces core body temperature below 94° F [35° C] to improve neurologic recovery. read more…

Implementing a Computerized System Across a Hospital

As healthcare continues to change across America, many hospitals are interested in changing or incorporating new programs and technology as part of their general practices.

Unfortunately, all too often, these types of programs can end up failing. Not because the technology or programs are inadequate, but because the training and staffing necessary to implement change exceeds the amount of time set aside for it. read more…

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