Is acid suppression associated with the increased length of stay in diabetic ketoacidosis patients? A nationwide analysis

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J Intern Med. 2022 Feb 25. doi: 10.1111/joim.13466. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) patients present with low serum bicarbonate (HCO3-), and an increase in its level to ≥15 mEq/L is considered one of the criteria for DKA resolution. Both proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) inhibit downstream functioning of H+/K+ ATPase in the gastric parietal cells, which results in the decreased secretion of HCO3- into the bloodstream.

OBJECTIVES: We aimed to introduce the hypothesis that DKA patients on acid-suppressive medications may have a delayed rise in serum HCO3- to > 15 mEq/L that may cause increased hospital length of stay (LOS) and sought to compare the outcomes of such patients. For the sake of simplicity, conditions requiring acid suppression are grouped under the term peptic ulcer disease (PUD) in this study.

METHODS: This is a retrospective study using Nationwide Inpatient Sample employing International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes for adult patients with a primary diagnosis of DKA. Analyses were performed using STATA, proportions were compared using Fisher exact test, and continuous variables using Student's t-test. Confounding variables were adjusted using propensity matching, multivariate logistic, and linear regression analyses.

RESULTS: DKA patients with PUD had higher adjusted LOS, ICU admission, and total hospital costs. Mortality and morbidity indicators were similar in both groups. The variables found to be independent predictors of increased LOS were malnutrition, clostridium difficile infection, pneumonia, GCS score of 3-8, and higher Charlson comorbidity score.

CONCLUSION: We found that Clostridium difficile and pneumonia predicted longer LOS in DKA patients with concomitant PUD, hinting at the possible role of acid suppression in prolonging the LOS in such patients. However, further studies are needed to examine the effect of lesser HCO3- generation on LOS. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID:35212056 | DOI:10.1111/joim.13466

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