Blood Sugar Management

Managing a patient's blood sugar after surgery helps reduce the chance of infection and other complications after surgery.

Blood sugar is tested at 6 a.m. because this is the best time to see how a patient's metabolism has reacted to surgery.  This is done for the first two days after surgery. 

The chart belows shows the percentage of heart surgery patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center whose blood sugar was under control the first two mornings after surgery.

A higher number is better than a lower one.

The chart above shows how Cedars-Sinai's performance on this measure compared with the top 10% of hospitals in the United States, the national average for hospitals, the top 10% of hospitals in California and the California average.