Hyperglycaemia in patients with no history of diabetes presenting to Internal Medicine Departments

Y. Bar-Dayan*, I. Beer, M. Boaz, Z. Landau, D. Jakubowicz, J. Wainstein

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Aims Stress hyperglycaemia during hospitalisation may be the first sign of diabetes mellitus (DM). Most hospitals routinely measure blood glucose, which may enable early diagnosis. This study measured the prevalence of hyperglycaemia in hospitalised adults with no history of diabetes, and whether the discharge summary recommended work-up. Methods Files with at least one random blood glucose (RBG) sample were included and reviewed for specific discharge recommendations concerning elevated blood glucose. Hyperglycaemia was defined as serum glucose > 200 mg/dl. Length of stay, in-hospital mortality and 3-year mortality were examined. Results Among 5274 discharged patients, 1479 had DM. They were older and had a higher incidence of cerebrovascular risk factors. Among 3714 patients without known DM, 211 (5.7%) had at least one RBG > 200 mg/dl. Of these patients, 31 died and 24 left against medical advice. Of the remaining 156, 25(16%) files included instructions to the family physician. These patients were younger, more overweight and less frequently diagnosed with dementia or other mental illness. Patients with RBG > 200 mg/dl had prolonged hospital stay (6.5 ± 5.3 vs. 4.0 ± 4.8; p < 0.001). In-hospital mortality and 3-year mortality were increased by 5.1 and 1.89, respectively (p < 0.001 for both parameters) compared to those without RBG ≤ 200 mg/dl. RBG > 200 mg/dl emerged as a significant, independent predictor of prolonged hospital stay and death. Conclusions Random blood glucose > 200 mg/dl is common in medical departments and is associated with increased in-hospital and 3-year out-hospital mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1295
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2015


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