In this large retrospective cohort of non-diabetics with acute infections, the odds ratio (OR) of in-hospital death rose markedly with hyperglycemia ranges of 121-150 (OR 4.4), 151-180 (OR 10), >180 (OR 9.3). Non-diabetics were less likely to be treated with insulin than diabetics with similar glucose. It is not yet clear however, if the mortality risk in non-diabetics can be diminished with better glucose control (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.