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A regional healthcare system needs to educate nurses and patients on glycemic control to reduce patient recidivism.
During hospital stays patients often have heightened blood sugar (glycemic) levels due to the physical stresses of their illnesses, even if they are not diabetic prior to coming to the hospital. These high blood sugar levels, if unmanaged, can be very dangerous. While in the hospital, patient blood sugar levels are managed by nurses through scheduled blood testing, management of diets, and treatment with insulin. However, when patients return home this level of attention on blood sugar levels often relaxes, with potentially life threatening results. Additionally, recent changes in insurance laws now require hospitals to cover the costs for return visits of patients when the cause of the return is related to high glycemic levels.
“ Our team-based approach was very effective. Many people from different areas came together to improve patient outcomes. ”
GOALSProject goals focus on patient health to:
- Reduce the number of patient recidivism to zero due to issues related to high glycemic levels.
- Educate both medical staff and patients on the need for active blood sugar management at home after hospitalization.
- Teach nursing staff the proper tools, procedures, and processes for enhancing glycemic management in-hospital and at home.