First Faculty Mentor

Mrs. Tanya Smith

Department

Nursing

Award

2nd Non-Empirical Undergraduate

Classification

Undergraduate (4+ years)

Description

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a lifelong metabolic disorder characterized by persistently increased serum glucose levels related to a shortage of insulin in the body (Meetoo & Allen, 2010). Research has found that individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus (DM) present to the hospital more often than individuals without DM. These hospital visits also tend to be lengthier and more serious in nature. Glycemic control is critical to avoid complications of inpatient hyperglycemia and to lower the risk of long-term complications associated with poor sugar control. Poor outcomes that have been associated with hyperglycemic patients staying in the hospital setting include increased rates of nosocomial infections, sepsis, and an increased length of stay. Strict glycemic control in the hospital that is modified daily according to each diabetic patients needs and clinical situation can significantly reduce the risks for these poor outcomes (Johnston & Van Horn, 2011). Also, patients who understand their disease are more likely to take ownership of their health care problems, understand their treatment options, modify their behaviors, and take their medications more regularly. Tight glycemic control will be tackled through the methods of a redesigned meal delivery program, accurate insulin administration, the implementation of the diabetes conversation map program, and by giving patients a diabetic workbook upon discharge.

Share

COinS
 

The Journey to Control

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a lifelong metabolic disorder characterized by persistently increased serum glucose levels related to a shortage of insulin in the body (Meetoo & Allen, 2010). Research has found that individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus (DM) present to the hospital more often than individuals without DM. These hospital visits also tend to be lengthier and more serious in nature. Glycemic control is critical to avoid complications of inpatient hyperglycemia and to lower the risk of long-term complications associated with poor sugar control. Poor outcomes that have been associated with hyperglycemic patients staying in the hospital setting include increased rates of nosocomial infections, sepsis, and an increased length of stay. Strict glycemic control in the hospital that is modified daily according to each diabetic patients needs and clinical situation can significantly reduce the risks for these poor outcomes (Johnston & Van Horn, 2011). Also, patients who understand their disease are more likely to take ownership of their health care problems, understand their treatment options, modify their behaviors, and take their medications more regularly. Tight glycemic control will be tackled through the methods of a redesigned meal delivery program, accurate insulin administration, the implementation of the diabetes conversation map program, and by giving patients a diabetic workbook upon discharge.