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Diabetics Should Be Especially Careful When Suffering from an Illness

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting more than 20 million individuals,1 and further rises are expected. For every two patients in the hospital with known diabetes, there may be an additional one with newly observed hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). People with diabetes are at a higher risk of infection when hospitalized.
PinnacleHealth ranked among nation’s best in glycemic control. Data in the recent Glycemic Control Benchmark report found that for overall glycemic control PinnacleHealth ranked 2nd out of 206 participating hospitals who participated in the study nationally. Additionally, for ICU control, PinnacleHealth ranked 3rd in glycemic control and for non-ICU control we ranked 6th.
 “Improved glycemic control is associated with improved patient outcomes,” states Renu Joshi, MD, chief of endocrinology at PinnacleHealth. “While patients are in our hospitals, we take the opportunity to identify and intervene for those who have poorly controlled diabetes, have undiagnosed diabetes or may be at risk for developing diabetes.”
 Through an institution-wide diabetes clinical initiative, PinnacleHealth has improved patient care for individuals with diabetes by focusing controlling blood sugar levels, yielding shorter length of stays and reducing risk of complications. Since 2002, PinnacleHealth has steadily closed the gap to get patients’ blood sugar down to 110 for the intensive care unit (ICU) and below 150 for the remainder of the nursing units. The national benchmark goal is to have patients’ blood sugar below 180 mg/dL for optimal health and healing.
“By closely monitoring and treating diabetes we are giving our patients the best possible chance for full recovery and healing,” states Michael A. Young, President and CEO, PinnacleHealth System.  “With these rankings we take our place among the best hospitals not just in the region, but in the nation. It’s great to see our focus on diabetes care having such an important positive impact.” 
The report was prepared by the Epsilon Group, a division of MAS, an Alere Company. The report analyzes point-of-care blood glucose data collected by the Roche ACCU-CHECK ® Inform glucose monitors and the RALS®-Plus data management system. It is designed to provide healthcare providers and administrators important information about glycemic control in their hospitals, as well as allow them to compare their results to other participating hospitals.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet: General Information and National  Estimates on Diabetes in the United States, 2002. Atlanta, Ga: U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003. Available at: Accessed January 21, 2006
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