Why Should my Blood Sugar Levels be Monitored During and After a New York Surgery?


A: It has long been established that blood glucose levels, or blood sugar levels, should be monitored to ensure that a patient does not become hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic during or after surgery. However, researchers have recently found another reason why it is important to monitor blood glucose levels during and after surgery.

According to a report published in the September 2011 issue of the Archives of Surgery high blood sugar levels can increase the chances of a general surgery patient developing a surgical site infection. The study was conducted by researchers at Albany medical college in New York. Surgical site infections can be dangerous or even deadly and researchers found that having blood glucose higher than 140 milligrams per deciliter can cause the chances of developing a dangerous infection to increase from 1.8% to 10%.

In fact, the rate of infection seems to increase when blood glucose levels reach 110 milligrams per deciliter, and the study suggests that by 150 mg/dl medical professionals should intervene to control glucose levels.

If your doctors did not monitor or did not control your blood glucose and you suffered an infection, please contact a New York medical malpractice attorney for a free consultation. You can reach an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911.