Effects of Hyperglycemia on Neurologic Outcome in Stroke Patients

Alison S. Paolino; Krista M. Garner


J Neurosci Nurs. 2005;37(3):130-135. 

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Recommendations for Research

Further research regarding hyperglycemia's effects on all disease entities is of great importance. There are many research opportunities regarding the role of insulin in glycemic control in the neuroscience arena. Most currently available data reflect the effect of hyperglycemia on ischemic stroke patients. Neuroscience illnesses that are affected by hyperglycemia deserve the same attention. Future clinical trials are needed to address the effects of hyperglycemia on diagnoses such as intracranial hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, encephalitis, global anoxia, and spinal trauma.

Projects intended to improve and tailor insulin protocols to specific disease states also are important. For example, studying the effects of insulin therapy on patients with spinal cord injury who are receiving a steroid infusion may provide beneficial information for the staff. Documenting the benefits of early and aggressive hyperglycemic control will determine patient outcome and hospital resource utilization benefits.


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