Peri-operative pathway intervention improves lives of people with diabetes, study finds

By Editor
3rd January 2024
Good practice, Inpatient

The Improving the Peri-operative Pathway of People with Diabetes (IP3D) intervention has the potential to increase efficiency and reduce waiting lists for elective surgery, a new study has revealed.

During the study, eight hospitals in England implemented the Improving the Peri-operative Pathway of People with Diabetes (IP3D) intervention, with pre-implementation data collected from February 1 to July 31, 2019, and post-implementation data collection within the period February 1, to October 31, 2021.

In total, there was 1,837 patients at pre-implementation and 1,164 patients at post-implementation undergoing elective surgery.

The results show that the median length of stay for inpatients decreased from 3.2 days (inter-quartile range 1.5–6.1) pre-implementation to 2.5 days (inter-quartile range 1.4–5.4) post-implementation.

There were also significant improvements in patient experience, hypo- and hyper-glycaemic events, wound complications and diabetes related complications, the study has reported.

To read the study in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, click here.

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