Changes in the treatment of inpatient hyperglycemia: What every nurse practitioner should know about the 2012 Standards of Care


Michele H. Talley, MSN, ACNP-BC, University of Alabama School of Nursing at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294. Tel: 205-934-6647; Fax: 205-996-9165; E-mail:


Purpose: To provide nurse practitioners (NPs) with a review of the 2012 Standards of Care for the management of hospitalized patients who are hyperglycemic.

Data sources: The 2012 American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Standards of Care for the treatment of inpatient hyperglycemia and selected evidence-based articles.

Conclusions: Because hyperglycemia occurs at alarming rates in the inpatient setting when hyperglycemia is not controlled, there is a great impact on acute and even chronic conditions. These complications will lead to increased healthcare costs.

Implications for practice: It is essential that NPs who care for hospitalized, hyperglycemic patients are aware of the 2012 ADA Standards of Care.

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Disclosure The authors report no competing interests.