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In-Patient Management of Hyperglycemia. Rey Vivo, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Case 1: Floor Patient.

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in patient management of hyperglycemia

In-Patient Managementof Hyperglycemia

Rey Vivo, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

case 1 floor patient
Case 1: Floor Patient
  • 40M diabetic is admitted to the regular floor with protracted vomiting and is diagnosed with acute pyelonephritis. He takes metformin at home but does not check his glucose. Weight is 100 kg. HbA1C is 10. IV dextrose is started. In-patient glycemic values range between 250-300 mg/dL despite regular insulin sliding scale Q6. What is the best regimen while in the hospital?
  • A. Continue metformin + TZD
  • B. D/C oral agents and start Lantus 5 U PM
  • C. D/C oral agents and start Lantus 30 units PM + regular insulin SS
  • D. D/C oral agents and start 70/30 insulin 20 units BID
  • Pre-prandial goal: 90-130 mg/dL (floor)

: close to 110 mg/dL (ICU)

  • Basal insulin (NPH or Lantus)

: start at 0.2-0.3 U/kg/day

: adjust 10-20% of total dose Q1-2 days

  • Correction insulin by SS Q6 hours
  • Avoid hypoglycemia!

(Beware of “brittle” diabetics.)

harmful hyperglycemia
Harmful Hyperglycemia
  • Enhanced tissue injury, poor wound healing
  • Increased inflammation, oxidative stress
  • Lowered immune resistance
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Platelet aggregation
  • Potentiation of myocardial and cerebral ischemia
important factors
Important Factors
  • Severity of illness
  • Concurrent medications
  • Diet
  • History of DM, meds and control
types of insulin
Types of Insulin

The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center

insulin advantages
Insulin Advantages
  • Safe for any age
  • Safe for heart, kidney, liver dysfunction
  • Rapid onset and clearance
  • Few drug interactions
case 1 b eating by mouth
Case 1-B: Eating by mouth
  • After 2 days, the patient feels better and starts eating. In the last 24 hours, his glucose values ranged between 180-220 mg/dL and he received total correction regular insulin dose of 20 units. What is the best approach now?
  • A. Do no changes
  • B. Retain current insulin therapy and resume metformin + TZDs
  • C. Increase Lantus to 32 U PM + regular insulin SS
  • D. Increase Lantus to 36 U PM + 2 U regular insulin pre-meals
  • E. Increase Lantus to 36 U PM + regular insulin 5 U pre-meals + regular insulin SS

When a patient starts eating…

  • May continue oral agents IF no contraindications or if glucose controlled
  • Recommendation: Basal +

Prandial (0.05-0.1 U/kg/day) + Correction insulin

case 2 cont enteral feeds
Case 2: Cont. Enteral Feeds
  • 70M with stroke requires continuous G-tube feeding. Pre-hospital glucose regimen was sulfonylurea and metformin. Glucose values are consistently greater than 180 mg/dL with a caloric intake of 20 kcal/hr and his projected need is 70 kcal/hr. Weight is 70 kg. Which regimen is best?
  • A. Sulfonylurea + metformin at home doses
  • B. Sulfonylurea + metformin + regular insulin SS
  • C. NPH insulin 7 U AM and 7 U PM + Humalog SS Q4
  • D. NPH insulin 10 U AM and 5 U PM + Humalog SS Q4
  • E. 70/30 insulin 7 U Q12 + Humalog SS Q4
  • Insulin for continuous enteral feeding:

Basal + correction

  • May divide insulin doses equally for AM and PM
  • Adjustment for correction insulin example:

If total correction in last 24 hrs. is 10 units, may add 10 to Lantus or 5 for each NPH dose

  • Increase insulin dose as feeding is increased
  • For TPN, may add regular insulin to bag
case 3 iv to sq
Case 3: IV to SQ
  • 65M with 20-year history of DM has glucose values of 100-180 mg/dL while on an insulin drip at 2 U/hr in the ICU after CABG. He has been treated pre-operatively with NPH 40 U and regular insulin 10 U pre-meals with good control. Which regimen is best in transitioning to subQ insulin?
  • A. D/C drip and start regular insulin sliding scale (SS)
  • B. D/C drip and start NPH 5 U + regular insulin SS
  • C. Continue drip for 2 hours and start NPH 20 U + regular insulin SS
  • D. Continue drip for 2 hours and start Lantus 20 U + regular insulin SS
  • Use insulin type that has worked.
  • NPH acts faster than Lantus which has slower onset (maximal effect may not be seen for a few days).
  • Starting basal insulin at half the pre-operative dose is generally safe.
  • When the patient starts to eat, consider pre-prandial insulin.
case 4 icu patient
Case 4: ICU patient
  • A 70F is admitted to ICU for ARDS and hooked to a mechanical ventilator. She has no history of DM but glucose measurements in the first 6 hours range between 200-275 mg/dL. What is the best treatment for hyperglycemia?
  • A. Start insulin infusion.
  • B. Start basal insulin + regular insulin SS Q6
  • C. Start basal insulin + pre-prandial insulin + regular insulin SS
  • D. Check glucose Q6 and correct with regular insulin SS only
  • E. Insert a nasogastric tube and pass metformin
  • In the ICU, optimal glycemic control may be achieved by continuous infusion with frequent hourly monitoring.
  • Use the last 24 hour requirement to approximate total daily dose and divide into basal and pre-prandial accordingly.
take home points
Take Home Points
  • Know goals.
  • Get adequate BASAL insulin on board.
  • Sliding scale ALONE is usually insufficient.
  • Monitor and adjust continuously.