An insulin infusion protocol in critically ill cardiothoracic surgery patients.

@article{Zimmerman2004AnII,
  title={An insulin infusion protocol in critically ill cardiothoracic surgery patients.},
  author={Christopher R. Zimmerman and Mark E Mlynarek and Jack A Jordan and Carol A Rajda and Harriette Mathilda Horst},
  journal={The Annals of pharmacotherapy},
  year={2004},
  volume={38 7-8},
  pages={1123-9}
}
BACKGROUND Critically ill cardiothoracic patients are prone to hyperglycemia and an increased risk of surgical site infections postoperatively. Aggressive insulin treatment is required to achieve tight glycemic control (TGC) and improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE To examine and report on the performance of an insulin infusion protocol to maintain TGC, defined as a blood glucose level of 80-150 mg/dL, in critically ill cardiothoracic surgical patients. METHODS A nurse-driven insulin infusion… CONTINUE READING
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