Why Inpatient Glycemic Management Matters

Across hospitals, insulin is the most widely prescribed medication, and yet it remains one of the most dangerous drugs. Using complex paper protocols and sliding-scale insulin, hyperglycemia remains common and hypoglycemia episodes occur far too often.

While multiple barriers may stand in the way of optimal glycemic management, achieving and maintaining a target blood glucose while in the hospital matters for your patients and your organization.

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Glycemic Management Impacts the Quality, Safety and Cost of Care

It is estimated that one-third of all patients will experience hyperglycemia during their time within the hospital.5 This includes patients who have a diagnosis of diabetes, but also those without preexisting diabetes who experience stress-induced hyperglycemia.  Achieving glucose targets among all patients is a critical aspect of delivering quality care. Uncontrolled blood glucose can lead to greater complications, longer length of stay, and increased costs.6

In order to deliver quality care, providers must help patients navigate their hospital stay, avoiding both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

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