Safety Concerns With Insulin Use in the Inpatient Setting: The Pharmacist’s Role

Key Points

  • Insulin is the most appropriate agent for the majority of hospitalized patients.

  • Insulin is a “high-alert medication.”

  • For effective and safe use of insulin, institutions need to consider

    • Standardized pharmacy operations

    • Education of nursing and support staff

    • Implementation of hospital-wide initiatives

    • Effective communication and collaboration among caregivers

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