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Improving Care of Patients With Insulin Pumps During Hospitalization: Translating the Evidence

Buchko, Barbara L. DNP, RN; Artz, Brenda MS, RN, CCRN; Dayhoff, Susan MS, RN, CPHQ; March, Karen S. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182595881
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The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine whether implementation of an evidence-based standardized protocol would enhance documentation and management of blood glucose levels for patients using continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion during hospitalization. Using a comparative design, documentation and blood glucose control measures were assessed before and after implementation of the protocol. Although some improvements have been recognized, we continue to refine the process and anticipate stronger outcomes in the future.

Department of Nursing, WellSpan Health/York Hospital (Dr Buchko and Mss Artz and Dayhoff) and Department of Nursing, York College of Pennsylvania (Dr March), York, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence : Barbara L. Buchko, DNP, RN, WellSpan Health/York Hospital, 1001 S. George St, York, PA 17405 (bbuchko@wellspan.org).

There are no conflicts of interest for any of the authors.

Accepted for publication April 9, 2012.

Published online before print: May 8, 2012.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.