At the inception of this project, 24% of patients in CTU and 20% of 2 Cohen SDU patients experienced hyperglycemic
events during their hospital stay. These outcomes are higher than our facility’s goal of <20% hyperglycemia
occurrence. Therefore, the goal of this project was to decrease hyperglycemic events and to improve glycemic
management in our post-operative cardiothoracic surgical patient population. The team revised the insulin drip policy
and educated staff about the new policy changes. Project outcomes include reduced use of ABGs to treat blood
glucose levels within the first 24 hours post-op and increased use of point of care testing to determine blood glucose
levels within the first 24 hours post-op which resulted in a reduction in hyperglycemic events.
- Discuss key concepts of a direct care nurse unit change project
- Apply tools and methods shared in their own unit
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