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December 15, 2023



Background and Review of Literature: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a complex metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia leading to adverse outcomes. There is an association between dysglycemia and adverse perioperative outcomes. Evidence-based research supports consistent blood glucose (BG) monitoring and narrow glycemic parameters for surgical patients in the perioperative setting. Implementing and adhering to a glycemic guideline can help improve patient outcomes and decrease hospital costs.

Purpose: This quality improvement project (QIP) aims to determine the barriers to anesthesia clinicians implementing the perioperative glycemic management guideline for BG levels greater than 180 mg/dL. Then, develop an educational component to increase anesthesia clinicians’ adherence to the glycemic management guideline.

Methods: Data for the project were obtained from retrospective pre/post-education chart reviews and pre/post-surveys. Quantitative methods were used to measure adherence to appropriate treatment of BG over 180 mg/dL based on Appendices 5, 6, and 7 of the institution’s perioperative glycemic management guideline.

Implementation Plan/Procedure: An educational PowerPoint that provided instruction on Appendices 5, 6, and 7 of the glycemic management guideline and addressed the top three barriers to adhering to the guideline was created and distributed to the department via email. Additional education included roving in-services targeting anesthesia clinicians caring for surgical PWD in the operating room.

Implications/Conclusions: Adherence to Appendices 5, 6, and 7 of the glycemic management guideline is inconsistent by anesthesia clinicians at BJH. While literature may vary on one exact perioperative glycemic management guideline to follow, adhering to an evidence-based targeted


BG range during surgery was found to improve patient outcomes. The QIP determined barriers in place to adhere to Appendices 5, 6, and 7 of the glycemic management guideline and provided education to anesthesia clinicians on utilizing the guideline, where to find them in the clinical protocols, and why they should be consistently followed.


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Spencer, Julie DNP, RN, CDCES (Chair) Barnes Jewish College, Goldfarb School of Nursing

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Torres, Brian DNP, CRNA (Committee Member) Barnes Jewish College, Goldfarb School of Nursing

Wolfe, Rachel PharmD, MHA, BCCP (Committee Member) Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

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