Recent studies have found that stroke patients admitted to the hospital at night and on the weekends are more likely to die than those admitted on weekdays. Why does mortality vary at different times of the day and week, and how can hospitals change their procedures to help minimize this difference?.
The inpatient setting provides an opportunity to identify individuals with previously undiagnosed diabetes, optimize therapy in those whose condition was previously poorly controlled, provide patient education, and implement a plan for postdischarge diabetes care in conjunction with the primary physician and other health care providers. The objective of this supplement is to address the opportunities and challenges of hyperglycemia in the hospital setting. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc., Princeton, New Jersey.
Recent research could change standard practice.