Cavan, D. A., Hamilton, P., Everett, J. and Kerr, D., 2001. Reducing hospital inpatient length of stay for patients with diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 18 (2), pp. 162-164.
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Aims To ascertain the effect of routine review by a diabetes nurse advisor on length of stay for medical and surgical inpatients with diabetes. Methods Inpatients with diabetes were identified prospectively from January 1997 until December 1998 (792 in 1997 and 819 in 1998). A new post of diabetes nurse advisor was introduced in January 1998 to optimize diabetes management. Length of stay was calculated retrospectively from hospital computer records. Results Median length of stay in 1997 was 11 days in medicine and 8 days in surgery. In 1998, the nurse advisor made 1936 visits to 819 patients; median length of stay fell to 8 days in medicine and 5 days in surgery (P < 0.001). Bed occupancy by patients with diabetes fell from 6.8 to 4.0%. Mean length of stay across the hospital remained unchanged. Conclusions The introduction of a ward-based diabetes nurse advisor was associated with significant reductions in length of stay in inpatients with diabetes. Since this study was not a randomized study, other factors may have contributed to this change. However, the consistency of the reduction across specialities suggests the post itself had an important effect.
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||15 Feb 2008 16:19|
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