Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Glycemic control of the perioperative patient improves patient outcomes, specifically prevention of surgical-site infections. The prevention of surgical-site infections helps to reduce complications that can increase length of stay and readmissions, thereby increasing healthcare costs. The purpose of this project was to provide an educational module to the same-day surgery nurses on a clinical guideline to maintain glycemic control of the perioperative patient to prevent surgical-site infections. Lewin's change theory guided the development of a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for nurses to standardize the glycemic management of the perioperative patient. This project was conducted to determine whether educating nurses through the implementation of the CPG would help to ensure glycemic control of the perioperative patient. Twenty-nine nurses were educated and tested on the CPG for glycemic management of the perioperative patient; pretest and posttest results were recorded and data were analyzed. Posttest results showed an increase in test scores. Results indicated that nurses' knowledge about glycemic control and understanding of the importance of glycemic management of the perioperative patient increased. These findings can bring positive social change by helping to improve patient outcomes and cost savings through the prevention of surgical-site infections.