September 30, 2014

These Algorithms Reduce Readmissions

Using glycemic management software that integrates with its EHR system, a Virginia hospital system has achieved a 79% improvement over the national average for hyperglycemia rates.

Doctors and nurses following the standard of care in hospitals aren’t just paying more attention to analytics. These days, the algorithm can be the cornerstone of superior care. Consider the tricky process of controlling the glycemic levels of patients with diabetes. At eight-hospital, Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, this translates into a 79% improvement over the national average for hyperglycemia rates. These hospitals have achieved an overall hypoglycemia rate of 0.83 percent, which hospital officials says is a remarkable blended rate for IV and subcutaneous insulin therapy.

May 28, 2014

Glucose Management System Improves Standard of Care at Sentara

Hospitals have often had trouble managing patients with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. To help remedy that problem, Sentara Healthcare has ushered in a new standard of care in glucose management.

In 2008, Sentara saw several of its patients die due to poor management of their diabetes. There were several devastating events of prolonged hypoglycemia that resulted in permanent brain damage for patients, says Paul Chidester, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at the Va.-based Sentara Norfolk General Hospital within the health system. Sentara had reached a point when it knew it needed to do something to improve the care of its diabetes patients. “We sort of tolerated poor control of hyperglycemia and viewed episodes of hypoglycemia as a rite of passage of being in the hospital,” Chidester admits. [We said] poor control happens, just live with it. We then realized the negative impact that had on our patients, and decided that it had to change.”

May 22, 2014

Duke University School of Nursing Study Shows Major Tertiary Hospital Saves More Than 72 Minutes Per Nurse While Improving Clinical Outcomes Using eGlycemic Management System

Time and motion study poster presented during AACE shows increased efficiency in insulin management and improved rates of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

Glytec, a clinical information technology company solely dedicated to the mission of improving insulin management and glycemic control, is pleased to share the results of a late-breaking poster that was presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress. The poster, “New Interfaces for eGlycemic Management System Saves Nursing Time and Improves Patient Outcomes: Time and Motion Nursing Study,” is based on a study that shows a reduction in nursing time and improvements in both patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction through the integration of Glytec’s eGlycemic Management System® (eGMS®).

May 16, 2014

E-Check of Sugar Aids in Inpatient Hypoglycemia Control

Electronic monitoring of blood sugar levels may diminish hypoglycemia and reduce length of stay in hospitalized diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) patients, researchers reported here.

In one study, patients monitored with the Glucommander system reduced episodes of hypoglycemia by 56%, Joseph Aloi, MD, director of the Strelitz Diabetes Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and colleagues reported at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting here. In a second study, they showed that the same system reduced the overall hospital length of stay by nearly 2 1/2 days in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis.