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Journal Article > Study
An interprofessional qualitative study of barriers and potential solutions for the safe use of insulin in the hospital setting.
Rousseau MP, Beauchesne MF, Naud AS, et al. Can J Diabetes. 2014;38:85-89.
This focus group study among physicians, nurses, and pharmacists in the hospital setting found that variability in practices for inpatient insulin use contributed to adverse events. The authors advocate for a systems approach to insulin management to enhance safety. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary suggested that a uniform algorithm for insulin administration be implemented in all acute care settings.
Journal Article > Review
Cornish W. Can J Diabetes. 2014;38:94-100.
Insulin is a high-alert medication due to the potential for serious patient harm resulting from inappropriate administration. This review describes tactics to enhance safe insulin use, including improved attention to contraindications, clinical decision support implementation, and education for providers about glycemic control.