How Low Can You Go? Reducing Rates of Hypoglycemia in the Non-critical Care Hospital Setting.
Curr Diab Rep. 2017 Sep;17(9):74
Authors: Kulasa K, Juang P
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss strategies to reduce rates of hypoglycemia in the non-critical care setting.
RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies to reduce hypoglycemia rates should focus on the most common causes of iatrogenic hypoglycemia. Creating a standardized insulin order set with built-in clinical decision support can help reduce rates of hypoglycemia. Coordination of blood glucose monitoring, meal tray delivery, and insulin administration is an important and challenging task. Protocols and processes should be in place to deal with interruptions in nutrition to minimize risk of hypoglycemia. A glucose management page that has all the pertinent information summarized in one page allows for active surveillance and quick identification of patients who may be at risk of hypoglycemia. Finally, education of prescribers, nurses, food and nutrition services, and patients is important so that every member of the healthcare team can work together to prevent hypoglycemia. By implementing strategies to reduce hypoglycemia, we hope to lower rates of adverse events and improve quality of care while also reducing hospital costs. Future research should focus on the impact of an overall reduction in hypoglycemia to determine whether the expected benefits are achieved.
PMID: 28755062 [PubMed - in process]