GRIP, new software helps in assisting the blood sugar level of seriously ill patients. This has paved the way to increase the survival rates of critically ill patients.
A study, published in the open access journal BMC Medical Informatics and
Decision Making, states that GRIP, computer software that assists in the
monitoring of glucose levels in critically ill patients, saves nurses time
and effort and is more efficient than the paper-based method which is currently used
in many intensive care units (ICUs).
Monitoring blood glucose level is necessary to avoid stress hyperglycemia -
an insulin resistance condition that causes glucose levels to go up and has
been shown to decrease patient survival.
Mathijs Vogelzang and colleagues from University Medical Center Groningen in
the Netherlands implemented GRIP in a 12-bed ICU, for four months. GRIP
monitors glucose levels and recommends the appropriate insulin pump rate. It also specifies the time at which the next blood sample should be taken, and indicates
situations in which a physician needs to be notified.
In many ICUs, nurses currently monitor glucose levels manually ten to twelve
times a day and record their measurements on paper. A total of 179 patients
were monitored using GRIP and 22 nurses filled in a questionnaire about the
The results show that 61 percent of the patients had the right glucose
levels more than 75 percent of the time that they were monitored by GRIP.
Only one patient suffered from very low glucose levels, and that was due to
Nurses found GRIP easy to use and all agreed that it is an improvement over
the paper-based method. They mentioned that GRIP is very advantageous they only have to control patients six times a day, monitor more patients and don't have to call
a physician as often as with the current method. (ANI)