Diabetes Care Quality Data
Hospitalized patients with diabetes have a greater risk for complications than non-diabetic patients if their blood glucose level is not properly regulated. At PinnacleHealth we work hard to manage the blood glucose levels of these patients and improve their outcomes.
Center of Excellence in Diabetes Care
We are proud to say that PinnacleHealth was the first of only two hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania to get the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for improving care of diabetic patients in the hospital. We are among 20 hospitals across the country to get this recognition, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in providing disease-specific care.Diabetes causes your body to be unable to properly use food for energy. Individuals with diabetes experience high levels of sugar in the blood. Diabetes can result if your body has too little insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar), resistance to insulin or both.
For diabetics, keeping blood glucose as close to normal as possible is the best way to avoid or delay complications. For hospitalized patients, a high blood glucose level, or hyperglycemia, has been associated with higher rates of complications, including infection and longer length of stay.
To improve quality of patient care for individuals suffering from diabetes but hospitalized for another reason, PinnacleHealth established systemwide guidelines for administering insulin. While in the hospital, all diabetic patients must be on basal insulin or oral medication. Pre-printed insulin order sheets help physicians and nurses create a customized insulin administration plan for each patient.
Since implementing these guidelines, PinnacleHealth has demonstrated an improvement in care of patients with diabetes by:
- Reducing length of stay for both medical and surgical patients with diabetes
- Reducing blood sugar levels for both medical and surgical patients with diabetes
- Reducing the mean time it takes to reach target blood sugar
- Increasing the percentage of patients who achieve target blood sugar, in both intensive care and standard care units
Glycemic Control Benchmark Report
PinnacleHealth participated in the Glycemic Control Benchmark report, prepared by the Epsilon Group, a division of Medical Automation Systems (an Alere Company). The report analyzes point-of-care blood glucose data collected by the Roche ACCU-CHEK® Inform glucose monitors and the RALS®-Plus data management system.
The report is designed to provide healthcare providers and administrators with important information about glycemic control in their hospitals, as well as allow them to compare their results to other participating hospitals.
- For overall glycemic control, PinnacleHealth ranked second out of 206 hospitals nationwide that participated in this study, which places us in the top 1 percent of participating hospitals.
- PinnacleHealth ranked third for ICU control and sixth for non-ICU control.
If you have questions about PinnacleHealth’s quality information or data, please contact our Performance Improvement Department at (717) 231-8469.