Journal article

Outcomes for general medical inpatients with diabetes mellitus and new hyperglycaemia

Scott T Baker, Cherie Y Chiang, Jeffrey D Zajac, Leon A Bach, George Jerums, Richard J Maclsaac

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between admission glycaemic status and inpatient mortality in patients with and without pre-existing diabetes. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: A general medical ward in an Australian tertiary referral hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 903 patients admitted to the general medical ward between February 2003 and July 2004. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Inpatient death. RESULTS: The overall inpatient mortality was 5.4% (n = 49). In the total cohort, age > 75 years and admission fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels > or = 5.6 mmol/L were independent predictors of mortality. For patients without a known history of diabetes, each 1 mmol/L rise in ad..

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