Don't Miss a Beat If Your Patient's Too Sweet

Author(s): Katelyn Cozzolino, BSN, RN, CVRN, Amy Lorenz, BSN, RN, Rosanna Morrone, BSN, RN, CVRN, Gabrielle Zinnar, BSN, RN, CCRN, CSC

CERP A 0.40

Expires Jun 30, 2024

Topics: Endocrine

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

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Activity Summary

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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