Nurse practitioner–mediated intervention for preoperative control of diabetes in elective surgery patients

Rajesh Garg, Cheyenne Metzger, Raquel Rein, Meghan Lortie, Patricia Underwood, Shelley Hurwitz, Angela Bader, Kyle Carbone, Brooke Schuman

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Purpose: This study evaluated the effect of nurse practitioner (NP) mediated interventions on diabetes control before elective surgery. Data sources: A program was initiated to improve preoperative diabetes control in patients with HbA1c > 8%. The intervention was initially mediated by a physician alone and subsequently changed to involve NPs. The goal of intervention was fasting blood glucose (BG) <200 mg/dL on the day of surgery (DOS). Data were collected before the program (control group), during physician-mediated intervention (phase 1), and during NP-mediated intervention (phase 2). Conclusions: There were 222 patients in the control group, 226 in phase 1, and 160 in phase 2. Mean BG (mg/dL) on DOS was 171.4 ± 66.5 in control group, 162.6 ± 58.1 in phase 1, and 153.4 ± 46.6 in phase 2 (p = NS for control vs. phase 1 and <0.01 for control vs. phase 2). More patients received an intervention in phase 2 (93%) than in phase 1 (75%). Among those receiving intervention, 87% achieved target BG in phase 2 and 82% in phase 1 (p = NS). Duration of diabetes, baseline HbA1c, time available before surgery, and diabetes intervention were independent predictors of achieving target BG. Implications for practice: NP-mediated interventions increased access to care and resulted in lower BG levels and may be a good strategy for preoperative diabetes control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-533
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • glycemic control
  • Nurse practitioner
  • preoperative hyperglycemia
  • surgical outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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