What are the ACP guidelines for glycemic control in hospitalized patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2021
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The guidelines on glycemic control in hospitalized patients formulated by the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend a target blood glucose level of 140-200 mg/dL if insulin therapy is used to manage patients with diabetes in nonsurgical (medical) intensive care units (ICUs). [179] These guidelines were based on a review of 21 trials in intensive care, perioperative care, myocardial infarction, stroke, or brain injury settings. [180]

The ACP found no convincing evidence that intensive insulin therapy reduced short-term or long-term mortality, infection rates, length of hospital stay, or the need for renal replacement therapy. In recommending 200 mg/dL as the upper target, the ACP guidelines depart from the 2009 AACE/ADA consensus statement on inpatient glycemic control, which recommended a target range of 140-180 mg/dL in critically ill patients. [181]

Nevertheless, in certain circumstances, such as after cardiovascular surgery and during treatment in a surgical ICU, it is very important to maintain near-normal blood glucose levels in patients with acute hyperglycemia of illness. These patients should receive sufficient insulin to maintain glucose levels around 100 mg/dL. [182]

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