High Blood Glucose Levels Linked to General Surgery Infection Rates

Medical professionals already knew that high blood sugar could cause serious infections in intensive care surgical patients and cardiac surgery patients.  However, a new study indicates that high blood sugar may present an increased risk of infection for those undergoing general surgery. 

Researchers at Albany Medical College in New York found that when blood glucose is higher than 140 milligrams per deciliter, the risk of surgical infections jumps from 1.8% to about 10%.

For this reason, it may be important for a surgical team to carefully monitor a patient’s blood glucose levels and take steps to regulate it if it becomes too high.  If you have an upcoming surgery ask your surgeon about how blood glucose levels will be monitored before you enter the operating room.