Multi-interventional approach limits pediatric hypoglycemic events

Clinician education and care guideline development can reduce occurrences of preventable pediatric hypoglycemic events.
Clinician education and care guideline development can reduce occurrences of preventable pediatric hypoglycemic events.

HealthDay News — A multi-interventional approach can reduce preventable hypoglycemic events in hospitalized pediatric patients receiving insulin, according to a study published online June 17 in Pediatrics.

Amy Poppy, PharmD, from Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, and colleagues conducted an intervention to decrease preventable insulin-related hypoglycemic events in an inpatient setting. Methods that were instituted included nursing and physician education, electronic medical record order sets, electronic communication note templates, and new care guideline development.

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The researchers found that the rate of preventable hypoglycemic events decreased from 1.4 to 0.4 preventable events per 100 insulin days after the institution of multiple interventions.

"Through the use of a multi-interventional approach with oversight of a multidisciplinary insulin safety committee, a sustained decreased rate of severe preventable hypoglycemic events in hospitalized pediatric patients receiving insulin was achieved," the authors write.

One author disclosed financial ties to Roche.

Reference

  1. Poppy A, Retamal-Munoz C, Cree-Green M, et al. Reduction of insulin related preventable severe hypoglycemic events in hospitalized children. Pediatrics. 2016; doi: 10.1542/peds.2015.1404
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