Measure Abbreviation
Measure Type

Percentage of cases with perioperative glucose < 60 with administration of dextrose containing solution or glucose recheck within 90 minutes of original glucose measurement

Measure Time Period


  • All patients with glucose level less than 60 mg/dL between Anesthesia Start and Anesthesia End
  • Patients with and without diagnosis of diabetes
  • ASA 5 and 6 cases
  • Glucose measurements < 60 mg/dL within 90 minutes before Anesthesia End  
  • Obstetric Non-Operative Procedures (CPT: 01958)
  • Labor Epidurals (as determined by the MPOG 'Obstetric Anesthesia Type' Phenotype results)
  • Cases where the ‘Measure End Time’ precedes ‘Measure Start Time’ will be excluded and marked 'invalid'
  • Administration of dextrose containing solution within 90 minutes (IV)  OR
  • Recheck of glucose level within 90 minutes
Other Measure Build Details
  • Percentage of intraoperative glucose labs with perioperative glucose <60 with administration of dextrose containing solution or glucose recheck within 90 minutes of original glucose measurement for the time period between Anesthesia Start and Anesthesia End.
Responsible Provider

The provider signed in at the first glucose recheck or first administration of dextrose. If neither occurred, then the responsible provider is the one signed in 90 minutes after the low glucose measurement.

MPOG Concept IDs Required

Dextrose MPOG Concept IDs

Glucose MPOG Concept IDs




POC- Glucose (Fingerstick)


Dextrose 50%


POC- Glucose

(Unspecified Source)


Dextrose / Water 5%


POC- Blood Gas- Glucose


Dextrose / Lactated Ringers 5%


Formal Lab-Glucose,



Dextrose / Water 10%


Formal Lab-Blood Gas,



Dextrose / Saline 5% / 0.225%



Dextrose / Saline 5% / 0.45%



Dextrose / Saline 5% / 0.9%



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 5%/ 0.45% + 20 MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 5%/ 0.9% + 20 MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline 10% / 0.45%



Dextrose 10% w/ Lactated Ringers



Plasmalyte 148 w/ Dextrose 5%



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 5%/ 0.225% + 20 MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 5%/ 0.45% + 40 MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 10%/ 0.225% + 20 MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline w/KCl 5%/ 0.45% + 10MEQ/L



Dextrose / Saline 10% / 0.225%



Total Parenteral Nutrition



Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition


10796 Glucose Chew Tablet  
10797 Glucose Gel 40%  
Data Diagnostics Affected
  • Percentage of Cases with Insulin Administration Mapped Correctly
  • Percentage of Cases with POC Glucose Labs
  • Percentage of Cases with a Lab Drawn during Anesthesia
  • Percentage of Labs Mapped to a Meaningful Lab Mapping
  • Percentage of Medications with a Meaningful Medication Mapping
  • Percentage of Fluids with a Meaningful Fluid Mapping
Phenotypes Used

The American Diabetes Association uses an outpatient hypoglycemia definition of <70 mg/dL6,7. Severe hypoglycemia in inpatients is considered <40mg/dL6. Acute hypoglycemia in the perioperative period can lead to inadequate supply of glucose to the brain, resulting in seizures, permanent brain damage, and death.  In hospitalized diabetic patients, hypoglycemia has been associated with increased length of stay and mortality.5 The risk of negative sequelae related to hypoglycemia is reduced with early recognition and treatment of mild to moderate hypoglycemia (40-69mg/dL)6,8,9. The common signs/symptoms of hypoglycemia are masked by general anesthesia, making vigilance and quick treatment especially important.1 Fasting patients with or without diabetes and diabetic patients treated with oral glycemic agents or insulin are at increased risk of perioperative hypoglycemia.2-3

Perioperative hypoglycemia is a rare event typically caused by the following: 4

  1. Insulin overdose, either by patient taking higher than normal doses on the morning of surgery or by providers giving more insulin than necessary
  2. Septic or circulatory shock
  3. Failure to monitor
Risk Adjustment

Not applicable

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    8. DiNardo, Monica, Michelle Noschese, Mary Korytkowski, and Stephanie Freeman. 2006. “The Medical Emergency Team and Rapid Response System: Finding, Treating, and Preventing Hypoglycemia.” Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety / Joint Commission Resources 32 (10): 591–95.
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