Efficacy and safety of an insulin infusion protocol in a surgical ICU.

  title={Efficacy and safety of an insulin infusion protocol in a surgical ICU.},
  author={Beth E Taylor and Marilyn E Schallom and Carrie S Sona and Timothy G. Buchman and Walter A. Boyle and John E. Mazuski and Douglas J E Schuerer and James M. Thomas and Christy Kaiser and Way Y Huey and Myrna R Ward and Jeanne E Zack and Craig M. Coopersmith},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  volume={202 1},
BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia is associated with complications in the surgical intensive care unit. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of nurse-driven insulin infusion protocols in lowering blood glucose (BG) in critical illness. STUDY DESIGN All patients in a 24-bed surgical intensive care unit who required i.v. insulin infusions during 3 noncontiguous 6-month periods from 2002 to 2004 were evaluated. In the preintervention phase, 71 patients received a physician… CONTINUE READING

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