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Identifying Potential Intervention Points for Acute Hypoglycemic Events in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Using Retrospective Clinical Data

This retrospective study examined changes in medication orders as a risk factor for future acute hypoglycemic events. The investigators identified factors associated with acute hypoglycemic events resulting in emergency department visits or inpatient admissions. Non-Hispanic Black race, chronic kidney disease, insulin at baseline, and nonprivate insurance were associated with higher risk of an acute hypoglycemic event, whereas age, sex, and A1C were not. After adjustment for other risk factors, changes in insulin orders after A1C measurement were associated with a 1.5 times higher risk of an acute hypoglycemia (adjusted hazard ratio 1.48, 95% CI 1.08-2.03). These results further understanding of risk factors and clinical processes relevant to predicting and preventing acute hypoglycemia.

Authors: Lacy, Mary E; Whitmer, Rachel A; Lee, Sei J; Rushakoff, Robert J; Pletcher, Mark J

Clin Diabetes. 2021 Jul;39(3):304-312.

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