Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Severe Hypoglycemia
Blood Glucose Management

The Blood Glucose Management APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce severe hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Actionable steps to improve hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic management and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for blood glucose management across the continuum 
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia 
  • How to educate patients and family members about blood glucose management 
  • Blood glucose management resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve blood glucose management and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem Frequent and wide ‘swings’ in blood glucose levels are common in the hospital setting, for both diabetic and non-diabetic patients, due to factors including, but not limited to, physiologic stress, certain medications, and procedures. However, these uncontrolled swings in glucose levels can be detrimental to patients and can

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