An Institutional Process to Improve Inpatient Glycemic Control

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Many institutions are evaluating their inpatient patterns of care for patients with diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia, based upon compelling evidence that strict glycemic control improves outcomes in a variety of hospital settings. In 2005, a multidisciplinary task force was established at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, to guide a process to improve the quality and safety of inpatients with hyperglycemia. This article describes the stepwise process including an examination of our procedures, adoption of standards, and establishment of common protocols and procedures. Successful implementation of the protocols was preceded by extensive educational efforts. Refinement of the protocols based on early experience and feedback from staff has resulted in improvements in glycemic parameters and less reliance on sliding scale insulin regimens.

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