Updated JBDS hypoglycaemia management guideline published

By Editor
23rd March 2022
Good practice, Guidelines Hypoglycaemia Inpatient

Amended guidance on how to manage hypoglycaemia in adults with diabetes who are admitted to hospital is now available for healthcare professionals to access.

The Joint British Diabetes Societies for Inpatient Care (JBDS-IP) has released an updated version of the Hospital Management of Hypoglycaemia in Adults with Diabetes Mellitus guideline to improve inpatient care for people with the condition.

Throughout the revised guidance, there is an emphasis on the changes that have been made to move the management section and management algorithm to the front of the document to make it easier for people to access the most frequently used sections of the guideline.

Some of the other changes include:

  • The potential of “looming” hypoglycaemia in people with diabetes in hospital is discussed when blood glucose levels are in the range 4.0 – 6.0mmol/L. The importance of proactive adjustment of diabetes treatment and individualised targets for glycaemic control has been emphasised for people with diabetes in hospital.
  • The introduction clarifies the treatment of 16 – 18-year-old people with diabetes.
  • The term glucose has been consistently applied to glucose containing preparations suitable for intravenous administration.
  • The amount of intravenous glucose administered has been specified rather than a suggested range to simplify treatment in an emergency situation.
  • Where possible, used the term ‘people/person with diabetes in hospital’ rather than ‘patients’ or ‘inpatients’.

According to the document, hypoglycaemia continues to be one of the most feared short-term complications for people with diabetes.

To access the revised recommendations, click here.

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