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Hospitals take part in insulin campaign in bid to reduce errors

By Editor
14th May 2018
Inpatient

A national campaign aiming to reduce insulin errors in hospitals is taking place across the UK and Ireland this week.

The first-ever, national Insulin Safety Week builds on interest generated by successful local campaigns across the country, including in Leicester, Hastings, Eastbourne and Southampton.

Almost one in five (18 per cent) people with diabetes in hospital on insulin experienced at least one insulin error, according to theresults from the 2017 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit1.

This week, mainly hospitals but also GP surgeries and care homes have been taking part in the campaign to raise awareness of insulin safety among colleagues from Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 20.

Participating sites will stage training events to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including leaflets, guidelines and educational slides, will be used to help spread the word. They will be encouraged to spread key messages about insulin safety.

This programme funded by Sanofi who have had no input into any arrangements or content.

To mark Insulin Safety Week, Diabetes UK is calling on all hospitals across England and Wales to make sure people with diabetes are safe in hospital. Despite budget cuts, the charity is stressing the importance of diabetes inpatient teams being fully staffed to help support ward staff in administering insulin safely.

David Jones, Assistant Director of Improvement Support and Innovation at Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes teams are doing fantastic work to improve diabetes care. However the number of insulin errors and inappropriate insulin infusions remains a very worrying problem.

“It is essential that people with diabetes feel safe when they stay in hospital. We have spoken to too many people who don’t, and these figures show that there is still work to do to improve safety. We need to do more to support diabetes teams to help their colleagues provide safe and appropriate care.”

Diabetes UK has a Shared Practice Library where hospitals can access examples of good practice in diabetes care and free online training module in insulin safety from across the UK.

For more information about Insulin Safety Week, visit www.insulinsafetyweek.com.

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