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Hospital Care and Diabetes

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Study Shows Insulin Therapy Lowers Mortality Rates in Critically Ill Hospital Patients

Giving intensive insulin therapy to patients with elevated blood-glucose levels in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital significantly reduces their chance of death, even if the patients did not previously have diabetes, say researchers in Belgium. Greet Van den Berghe, MD, PhD, and colleagues reported their results in the November 8, 2001, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Getting Refills of Drugs To Control Blood Sugar May Prevent Hospitalization

If you are taking medications to control your blood sugars, you are less likely to be hospitalized if you refill your prescriptions, say researchers.

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To Sell or Not to Sell: The Controversy Surrounding Live Kidney Sales
To Sell or Not to Sell: The Controversy Surrounding Live Kidney Sales

After four years on dialysis, with no sign that he was nearing the top of the transplant waiting list, Moshe Tati decided to buy a kidney. This was easier than he had imagined. Several months previous, the name and telephone number of an organ broker had been passed, furtively, around his dialysis group. At the time, Moshe did not think he would use the telephone number. He thought he would wait.

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A Matter of the Heart and Kidney: Angiograms May Cause Kidney Damage

Marilyn never expected that a routine heart exam would cause kidney damage. But it did.

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How to Overcome Obstacles While in the Hospital

Want to get out of the hospital sooner? Your best bet is to find a team consisting of a doctor, nurse educator and a dietitian, all of whom specialize in diabetes. At the very latest, do it as soon as you enter the hospital. Make sure the people who will be caring for you in the hospital work with your diabetes team.

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Horror Stories From The Hospital Bed
Horror Stories From The Hospital Bed

Dinner is at 5, but you usually eat at 7. Your attending doctor does not do the same things as you and your diabetes team. Your attending doctor knows you have a diabetes specialist but does not call the specialist. You routinely eat a bedtime snack, but nobody in the hospital brings you one. The insulin you use is Humalog, but it is not on the formulary. Neither is your ACE inhibitor.

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Kaiser Offers More to its Members with Diabetes

Kaiser Permanente, a health maintenance organization, is offering an approach to care known as Diabetes Population Care Management. This system gathers comprehensive information about all aspects of a patient's medical treatments.

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Dangerous Overdoses of Insulin Reported In Hospitals

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reports that 11 percent of serious medication errors involve insulin misadministration. The errors most commonly occur when an overdose is given, or when insulin is mistakenly administered in place of other medications. The direct cost of an inpatient adverse drug reaction can range from $1,900 to $5,900.

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The Difference Between Boys and Girls - Study Finds More Adolescent Girls Hospitalized Than Boys

Adjusting to diabetes can be tough. But for teenage girls with diabetes it can be potentially fatal. Researchers have found that societal influences on teen boys and girls can affect their diabetes, and that in most cases girls suffer the most from these influences.

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Team Effort Saves Time

Diabetes care teams consisting of a diabetes nurse educator and an endocrinologist can make days of difference according to research in October's Diabetes Care.

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