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21Nov

Updated Guidelines on The Perioperative Management of Diabetes

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In January 2022, The Royal London Hospital clinicians provided guidance on perioperative management of diabetes to reduce postoperative complications. The complete manuscript by Bonnie Grant and Tahseen A. Chowdhury can be found in Clinical Medicine. Its summary is described below.

Surgical intervention is more likely in those with diabetes than those without it. In addition, those with diabetes are more likely to develop perioperative complications that can include poor wound healing, infection, or cardiovascular events.

The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) has released new guidance on perioperative management for those with diabetes, an area of critical focus since diabetes in surgical patients increases the risk of unfavorable outcomes. Despite this, though, there has been inadequate diabetes care in the perioperative period.