Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Adult Patients

Last updated June 16, 2022

Essential Points

Essential Points

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems can effectively achieve glycemic targets and reduce hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients.
  • Patients receiving glucocorticoid therapy or enteral nutrition are at high risk for hyperglycemia and require scheduled insulin therapy in the hospital.
  • Patients using insulin pump therapy before hospital admission may self-manage these devices with oversight by hospital personnel.
  • Diabetes self-management education to hospitalized patients can promote improved glycemic control with reductions in the risk for hospital readmission.
  • Patients with diabetes scheduled for elective surgery may have improved postoperative outcomes when pre-operative hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is ≤8% and when blood glucose (BG) values in the immediate pre-operative period are <180 mg/dL.
  • Providing pre-operative carbohydrate containing beverages to patients with known diabetes is not recommended.
  • Patients with newly recognized hyperglycemia or well-managed diabetes on non-insulin therapy may be treated with correctional insulin alone as initial therapy at hospital admission.
  • Scheduled insulin therapy is preferred for patients experiencing persistent blood glucose values >180 mg/dL.
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase inhibitors can be used in combination with correction insulin in selected patients with type 2 diabetes who have milder degrees of hyperglycemia provided there are no contraindications to the use of these agents.

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