New guide produced for people with diabetes awaiting surgery
A new leaflet aims to help people with diabetes get their body and mind in the best possible condition ahead of elective surgery.
A group of clinicians, including doctors, anaesthetists and a psychologist, have worked together to develop the guide and encourage people to keep well ahead of their surgery.
It has been produced in association with consultant diabetologist Professor Gerry Rayman, who is the joint clinical lead for diabetes for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and heads up the programme’s IP3D project supporting the improvement of perioperative pathways for patients with diabetes.
Each year, more than 300,000 elective operations take place on people with diabetes. As wait times have increased because of the backlog caused by the pandemic, healthcare professionals are advising people waiting for surgery to use the time to keep well.
The guide includes advice on the importance of maintaining healthy glucose levels prior to surgery, as well as links to reputable online information to help people keep their feet healthy, reduce stress levels, and engage in healthy activity levels.
The advice has been produced in association with Consultant Diabetologist Professor Gerry Rayman, diabetes clinical lead for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.