Current State of Inpatient Diabetes Care and Glycemic Management

At any given time, 25-30% of hospitalized patients in the U.S. have diabetes, and at present, their cost of care is four times higher than patients without diabetes and their average stay is two to three days longer. Additionally, rates of infection, mortality and readmission are 4x, 1.5x and 1.4x greater, respectively.

Achieving better outcomes for patients with diabetes is imperative to the successful shift from volume to value. The question is, are we doing everything we can? Are we paying enough attention to their unique needs?

A recent nationwide survey of healthcare professionals who serve in roles involving inpatient diabetes care indicates there is vast room for improvement.

We encourage you to download the complete survey results, which reveal answers to the following questions and many more:

  • In your opinion and generally speaking, how important is glycemic control to the following personnel: nurses, physicians, senior clinical executives and senior non-clinical executives?
  • Do you have a multidisciplinary steering committee that oversees glycemic management and diabetes care?
  • Does your hospital routinely track and report the rate of hypoglycemia (i.e., on a monthly or quarterly basis)?
  • In your opinion, is the rate of hypoglycemia in your hospital too high?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how much does fear of hypoglycemia influence the prescribing of insulin (i.e., cause non-prescribing of insulin or lack of intensification following hyperglycemia)?
  • Does your hospital use primarily sliding scale or basal bolus for subcutaneous insulin therapy?
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