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Guidance to help improve emergency triage among those with diabetes released

By Editor
5th February 2020
Good practice, Guidelines

Guidelines to help healthcare professionals working in acute emergency departments provide safe triage to  people with diabetes when they are admitted, have been launched.

Published by the Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS-IP), ‘Diabetes at the Front Door’ has been developed by experts in the field and aims to support staff by offering practical advice and tools for safe care.

Each section relates to the most common diabetes-specific emergencies and algorithms can be printed off to enable ease of access and use.

Lead author June James, diabetes nurse consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: “With increasing numbers of people accessing emergency care and subsequent pressures on hospitals and bed occupancy, it is important that those healthcare professionals working “at the coalface” are offered appropriate and current guidance and support.

“People living with diabetes account for one in six inpatients. Most are not admitted purely because of their diabetes; diabetes specific reasons for admission include, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state, hypoglycaemia and most commonly diabetic foot emergencies.

“The Joint British Diabetes Societies is delighted to launch guidance especially designed for healthcare professionals working in the emergency setting. The Diabetes at the Front Door document offers easy-to-read information accompanied by simple algorithms to aid decision marking around when, and if, to admit people with diabetes to hospital.”

To access the document, click here.

Picture credit:JC Gellidon

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