Hypoglycemia increases risk of death in critically ill

In this analysis from the NICE SUGAR trial, 45% of patients had moderate hypoglycemia (41-70) and 4% had severe hypoglycemia (<40). The adjusted risk of death was 1.4 (CI 1.2 to 1.6) and 2.1 (CI 1.6 to 2.8) in those with moderate and severe hypoglycemia, respectively, compared to those without hypoglycemia. This adds to the growing body of literature suggesting the morbidity and mortality associated with hypoglycemia in hospitalized ICU patients (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

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.

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