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National campaign promotes insulin safety

By Editor
20th May 2019
Inpatient

More than 500 diabetes teams from across the UK and Ireland are taking part in Insulin Safety Week 2019.

Starting today Monday, May 20, and running until Sunday, May 26, they are promoting the message of insulin safety as part of the national campaign.

Two in five people with diabetes on insulin (40 per cent) experience an error related to the administration of the drug while in hospital, according to the results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit.

In response, 525 sites, mainly hospitals, are participating in the seven-day awareness campaign in an attempt to reduce incidents of insulin errors as part of Insulin Safety Week.

A total of 343 sites, mainly hospitals and GP surgeries, took part in the first-ever national Insulin Safety Week last May, building on interest generated by successful local campaigns across the country in 2017, including in Leicester, Hastings, Eastbourne and Southampton.

This year teams will be staging training events to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including leaflets, guidelines and educational resources, are being used to help spread the word.

This project has been funded by Sanofi who have had no input into any arrangements or content.

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