Hyperglycaemia increases risk of surgical infection in patients without diabetes
A recent study has found that one-third of patients without a history of diabetes are at risk of delayed wound healing due to hyperglycaemia.
The study, published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, demonstrated that hyperglycaemia is an independent risk factor for 30-day surgical site infections as it can cause complications for patients in hospital who have had isolated orthopaedic injuries requiring acute operative intervention. It has been known to cause longer hospital stays, higher admissions and increased mortality, however, this factor can be overlooked in patients who do not have diabetes.
One-third of the 790 patients without a history of diabetes examined in the study were found to have elevated blood sugar levels, and many experienced related infections. Patients already diagnosed with diabetes or who were in the intensive care unit were not included.
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