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Stony Brook University Hospital enhances diabetes care

Studies indicate diabetic patients are three times more likely to be hospitalized than non-diabetic individuals. Hyperglycemia in patients — with or without prior diagnosis of diabetes — is connected with increased risk of complications and mortality. In 2015, Stony Brook University Hospital saw an opportunity to improve the care and outcomes of its diabetic patients and began the Quality Diabetes Care: Creating a Culture of Excellence Through Innovation initiative.

The hospital formed a multidisciplinary diabetes advisory committee with a workgroup focused on the development and implementation of “glucometric” defined dashboard monitors for patients with diabetes and associated risk indicators, standardized insulin order entry and system-wide education. The development of an innovative tracking monitor gleaned from the electronic medical record provided immediate identification of the patient population while guiding interventions for endocrine consultations, insulin pump care or proper dietary and education referrals.

An institutional culture of excellence and awareness was established regarding the care of patients with diabetes through standardized insulin order entry and administration. Stony Brook achieved significant improvements in system-wide diabetes outcomes, including a reduced length of stay, decreased readmission rates and increased hbA1c monitoring.

Stony Brook University Hospital was recognized with HANYS’ 2019 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety for this successful program. Watch our video for an in-depth look at Stony Brook University Hospital’s initiative and its results.

For more information, contact Paul F. Murphy, BS, CSSBB, quality management practitioner, at (631) 444-4536 or paul.f.murphy@stonybrookmedicine.edu.