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.
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