Despite once being labeled a “never” event, hypoglycemia continues to pose a patient safety issue across hospitals. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists,  6% to 7% of patients have glucose values in the hypoglycemic range (<70 mg/dL), putting the patient at risk for severe complications. Taking steps to reduce hypoglycemia in the inpatient setting, first and foremost prevents patients harm, but also increases patient satisfaction, reduces the cost of care, and prevents a longer length of stay.

During this webinar, Lucille Hughes, DNP, MSN/Ed, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE and Dr. Patrick Burgess, inventor of EndoTool, discuss the common causes for inpatient hypoglycemia, focusing on the timing of blood glucose checks and insulin delivery, and initiatives that can be taken to reduce hypoglycemia.

Learning Objectives:

  • List several root causes of hypoglycemia in the inpatient settings
  • Understand how timing of blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery impacts the risk of hypoglycemia
  • Discuss several strategies that can improve timing of blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery
  • Describe each team member’s role in reducing hypoglycemia in the inpatient setting

Presenters:

Lucile Hughes, DNP, MSN/Ed, CDE, BC-ADM, FAADE
Director of Diabetes Education
South Nassau Communities Hospital

Patrick Burgess, MD, PhD
Inventor of EndoTool