Targeted Insulin Therapy To Improve Hospital Outcomes (TRIUMPH) Project
The Diabetes Program at UCLA, under the leadership of Dr. Sadhu, implemented a new service dedicated to identifying and treating hospitalized patients with elevated glucose to improve mortality, secondary complications, and hospital costs associated with this condition. Studies have shown that hospitalized patients with elevated glucose have worse outcomes, including increased risk of death, infection, kidney failure, heart failure, need for transfusions and nerve damage. Moreover, many patients in these studies were found to have diabetes or pre-diabetes that had been previously neglected or undiagnosed. This program identifies high risk patients in a timely manner, develops safe and effective therapeutic protocols to normalize glucose, and provides education for patients and providers about diabetes and glucose management. The project team, including a physician, two nurses and a diabetes educator, identifies, treats and educates diabetic patients to significantly improve their hospital care as well as the patients’ own ability to manage their health over the long term.