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.