Aims The association between hyperglycemia at hospital admission and relevant short- and long-term outcomes in elderly population is known. We assessed the effects on mortality of hyperglycemia, disability, and multimorbidity at admission in internal medicine ward in patients aged >= 65 years. Methods Data were collected from an active register of 102 internal medicine and geriatric wards in Italy (RePoSi project). Patients were recruited during four index weeks of a year. Socio-demographic data, reason for hospitalization, diagnoses, treatment, severity and comorbidity indexes (Cumulative Illness rating Scale CIRS-SI and CIRS-CI), renal function, functional (Barthel Index), and cognitive status (Short Blessed Test) and mood disorders (Geriatric Depression Scale) were recorded. Mortality rates were assessed in hospital 3 and 12 months after discharge. Results Of the 4714 elderly patients hospitalized, 361 had a glycemia level >= 250 mg/dL at admission. Compared to subjects with lower glycemia level, patients with glycemia >= 250 mg/dL showed higher rates of male sex, smoke and class III obesity. These patients had a significantly lower Barthel Index (p = 0.0249), higher CIRS-SI and CIRS-CI scores (p = 0.0025 and p = 0.0013, respectively), and took more drugs. In-hospital mortality rate was 9.2% and 5.1% in subjects with glycemia >= 250 and < 250 mg/dL, respectively (p = 0.0010). Regression analysis showed a strong association between in-hospital death and glycemia >= 250 mg/dL (OR 2.07; [95% CI 1.34-3.19]), Barthel Index <= 40 (3.28[2.44-4.42]), CIRS-SI (1.87[1.27-2.77]), and male sex (1.54[1.16-2.03]). Conclusions The stronger predictors of in-hospital mortality for older patients admitted in general wards were glycemia level >= 250 mg/dL, Barthel Index <= 40, CIRS-SI, and male sex.
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