Hospital blood glucose (BG) management is a challenge. We implemented an electronic health record (EHR)-based system at our 1541-bed academic medical center (AMC), alerting when a patient (pt) experiences significant hyperglycemia (hyper; 2 BGs ≥300 mg/dL over 48 hours) or hypoglycemia (hypo; <70 mg/dL). These Excursion Event Alerts (EEAs) fired to the clinician entering orders and provided links to insulin order sets and consult requests. The EEAs were launched on 14 non-ICU wards in mid-2019. We compared BG control during the 3 months prior to launch vs. the most recent 3 months. The control group consisted of 12 non-EEA wards. Our 1° outcome was the Quality Hyperglycemia Score-2 (QHS2), previously developed to assess/compare the overall BG quality on individual wards. QHS2 (scale, 0-100) incorporates 5 elements of BG management, crediting overall control as well as the minimization of significant fluctuations. After the intervention, there was a substantial 13.8% improvement in mean QHS2 (+9.36, p=0.029), comprised of more pt-days in target (+4.3%, p=0.024) and a trend for less pt-days with severe hyper (-2%, p=0.09), with no change in hypoglycemia. In contrast, there was no change in QHS2 on control wards. We conclude that a glycemic alert system was associated with improved BG control at our large AMC, suggesting that a simple EHR-based intervention can favorably impact hospital diabetes management.
L.B. Bak: None. T.M. Fandel: None. J.E. Bozzo: None. M.L. DeWitt: None. P. Chen: None. R.A. Pando: None. L. Ferro: None. R. Kaplan: None. K.C. Hendrickson: None. S.B. Amport: None. L. Sussman: None. S.E. Inzucchi: Advisory Panel; Self; AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Novo Nordisk A/S, Sanofi. Consultant; Self; Abbott, Merck & Co., Inc., vTv Therapeutics.