A 19 page overview of the many concerns presented by poor blood glucose level protocols for surgery patients. This paper outlines the literature on the subject and presents the methodology and data analysis for a proposed study. Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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environment. These wounds result from a variety of causes, causes ranging from injuries or incisions to underlying physiological changes. Wound care is a critical component of patient well-being.
Coutts and Sibbald (2005) emphasize that wounds can result not just in adverse impacts to the patients themselves but also in significant societal costs. Wounds that are improperly
cared for risk the potential for long term physiological complications and even certain emotional impacts. The fact that a wound is the result of a surgical procedure does not
lessen these potential impacts. Wound infections among patients that have undergone surgical processes are, of course, less acceptable than wound infections stemming from other causes. Patients undergoing surgery
depend on medical personnel to guard against such infections using best practice and that knowledge that has evolved over the years regarding correlations between wound infections and physiological and environmental
factors. One such correlation is found between blood glucose levels and surgical incisions in open heart surgery patients. Open heart surgery patients whose blood glucose levels are maintained
within strict limits before, during, and after surgery are less likely to develop infections. Surgical infections can, of course, relate to a number
of factors. The type of care needed can vary both according to the type of wound and to the circumstances surrounding the specific patient. Fortunately, acute wounds resulting from
surgical procedures typically heal in a reasonable amount of time. This is not always the case, however. Indeed, numerous problems can translate into impeded healing time. Less
than optimal blood glucose levels are among the more disturbing of those problems. Literature Review