Safe Utilization of Hyperglycemia Management in the ICU

Author(s): Mira Loh-Trivedi, W. Christopher Croley

Journal Name: Current Drug Safety

Volume 5 , Issue 1 , 2010

Become EABM
Become Reviewer
Call for Editor


Critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) often present with multiple medical or surgical problems requiring a high level of care. In addition to a patients underlying illness, a number of known risk factors can predispose patients to episodes of hyperglycemia as well as hypoglycemia. The concept of glycemic control and its implication on morbidity and mortality has been welldescribed, along with the potential risks. Conflicting study results have complicated implementing universal methods for optimal glycemic control in the ICUs. There are many factors to consider when implementing intensive glycemic control, including reliability of point-of-care testing for glucose measurement, healthcare resources, types of protocols and appropriate target ranges. It is important that clinicians fully understand the risks and benefits of glucose management in the ICU setting to safely administer this potentially beneficial therapy.

Keywords: Hyperglycemia, insulin, patient safety, hypoglycemia, intensive care unit

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Year: 2010
Page: [19 - 21]
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/157488610789869175

Article Metrics

PDF: 20