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READMISSIONS: Diabetics with low blood sugar on last day of inpatient hospital stay are more likely to be readmitted

Potential approaches that may reduce the risk for readmission or death after discharge [for diabetes patients] include delaying patient release from the hospital until normoglycemia is achieved, modifying outpatient [diabetes] medications or advise patients to perform frequent glucose monitoring or use continuous glucose-monitoring devices.”

The relationship between low blood glucose levels and hospital readmission was studied in this large-scale analysis of over 800,000 admissions to Veteran Affairs hospitals over a period of 14 years. An inverse relationship was found – diabetic patients with low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) on the last day of a hospital inpatient stay were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital or to die within 180 days after discharge.

Source: Spanakis, E.K., and others. (2019, September). Association of glucose concentrations at hospital discharge with readmissions and mortality: A nationwide cohort study. JCEM. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 104(9), 3679-3691. Click here for free full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6642668/?report=printable  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org

 

 

 

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