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  1. Content Article
    The guidance covers the following topics: Care planning Monitoring blood glucose levels Flash glucose monitoring Administering insulin Insulin passports Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) Hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose) Storing insulin Labelling Accurate recording
  2. Content Article
    1 Medication delays: A huge risk for inpatients with Parkinson’s In this blog, Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning at Parkinson's UK talks about the serious health implications of medication delays for people living with Parkinson's disease. She also offers recommendations for how hospitals can reduce the risk of harm. 2 Improving safety for diabetic inpatients: 4 key steps In this short film, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes, Partha Kar shares 4 steps for improving the safety of diabetic inpatients. 3 Neonatal herpes: Why healthcare staff with cold sores s
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    Research suggests the pandemic has greatly disrupted diabetes care. A study from the University of Manchester suggested that in April 2020 alone there was a 70 per cent drop in recorded diagnoses of type 2 diabetes compared to expected rates based on 10-year trends, with rates of blood tests to monitor diabetes falling by 77 per cent in England. There is now a significant backlog of patients awaiting assessment and review in primary care, increasing the risk of complications – and with them poorer outcomes for patients and greater costs to the service. So what can diabetes teach us a
  4. Content Article
    A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) surveillance project estimates that there are 100,000 sharps injuries each year in the UK,[1] making sharps or needlestick injuries one of the most common safety incidents in healthcare. If a contaminated needle or other medical instrument penetrates the skin of another person, there is a serious risk that it will transmit bloodborne viruses and infections, including HIV and hepatitis. The European Biosafety Network reports that the situation has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in an average 23% increase in incidents across five European cou
  5. Content Article
    Suggested reading Blog: How safe are closed loop artificial pancreas systems? (12 November 2021) Open-source automated insulin delivery: international consensus statement and practical guidance for health-care professionals (13 November 2021)
  6. News Article
    A resident at an inadequate care home died after their blood glucose increased to high levels and staff acted too slowly, a report found. Inspectors said The Berkshire Care Home in Wokingham breached guidelines in nine areas and must improve. They found residents were put at risk after medicines were not used properly and that records were not up to date. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said an ambulance was only called for the person who died when they were found to be unresponsive. They later died in hospital. Its report said staff were "not sufficiently skilled" to safely c
  7. Content Article
    The My Type 1 Diabetes website offers: searchable resources including videos and leaflets, and multi-language content in the My Languages section (no registration required). six eLearning courses for adults with Type 1 diabetes, to help increase understanding and confidence in self-management. These courses cover a range of topics useful for people who are newly diagnosed, or for those needing additional support with insulin management, lifestyle change and complications management. They also include topics like driving, employment, alcohol, sex and travel. There is a specific co
  8. Content Article
    Key recommendations include: that the shortest needles are safe, effective, and less painful and should be the first-line choice in all patient categories. intramuscular injections should be avoided, especially with long-acting insulins, because severe hypoglycemia may result. lipohypertrophy is a frequent complication of therapy that distorts insulin absorption, Therefore, injections and infusions should not be given into these lesions and correct site rotation will help prevent them. effective long-term therapy with insulin is critically dependent on addressing psyc
  9. Content Article
    This decision aid includes: an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of controlling blood glucose levels. a description of the HbA1c blood test and what it tells you about your diabetes control. a 'weighing it up' decision making diagram. information about medicines to help control blood glucose levels. a table to help assess how a patient feels about trying a new medicine. diagrams to explain numbers relating to side effects.
  10. Content Article
    This injection technique guideline provides information on: injection depth, sites and rotation psychological and educational issues lipohypertrophy bleeding and bruising pregnancy insulin pumps safety.
  11. News Article
    Blood pressure drugs could prevent millions of people worldwide from developing type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests. Lowering high blood pressure is an effective way to slash the risk of the disease in the future, according to the research published in the Lancet. Doctors already prescribe cheap blood pressure drugs to reduce the chances of a life-threatening heart attack or stroke. However, until now, the question of whether these drugs could also help fend off the threat of type 2 diabetes had been unanswered. Now researchers have found the protective effects of the drugs
  12. Content Article
    What is closed-loop insulin delivery? ‘Closed-loop’ insulin delivery, also known as an artificial pancreas system (APS), is a self-regulating system for administering insulin to patients with type 1 diabetes. An insulin pump is connected to a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) via a smartphone app or minicomputer - in some systems, this is built into the insulin pump. The app or pump uses an algorithm to respond to blood glucose data from the CGM, automatically adjusting insulin delivery from the pump. The CGM then picks up resulting changes in blood glucose levels and relays this infor
  13. News Article
    Misdiagnosed Type 1 diabetes patients could be freed from the need to take insulin after a new test is rolled out. Scotland will become the first country to offer the C-peptide blood test to all patients who have had a Type 1 diagnosis for at least three years. The test shows how much insulin a patient's body is producing itself. A pilot by NHS Lothian allowed some people who had been taking insulin to stop or reduce the treatment. The test will be available from 1 November. C-peptide testing, which has been used as part of diagnosis for some patients for many years, can help di
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    Poor lifestyle choices are leading to a rapid growth in non-communicable diseases, resulting in increased healthcare expenditure, preventable morbidity, and premature deaths. The increasingly sedentary nature of our lifestyles, which can lead to obesity or being overweight, has contributed to growth in the numbers suffering from type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Prevention and effective management of long-term conditions is likely to be more cost effective than treating the illnesses as they occur. This webinar will highlight how behaviour change can reduce the likelihood of be
  15. Content Article
    Partha Kar: National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes Recommended resources: Getting it Right First Time: Diabetes Getting it Right First Time: Best Practice Library National Diabetes In-patient Audit - Harms E-Learning Insulin Safety module Guideline for Perioperative Care for People with Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing Elective and Emergency Surgery (CPOC) Diabetes inpatient and hospital care (Diabetes UK) Perioperative Diabetes: High and Lows (NCEPOD) Share your insights Are you a healthcare pro
  16. News Article
    It has been recommended by UK researchers that patients, regardless of their metabolic rate, should be given weight management advice as people with obesity were still at risk of diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. A recent study found that regardless of your metabolic rate, it did not necessarily mean that the patient with obesity were healthy and that doctors should avoid using the term “metabolically healthy obesity” as it could be misleading. Read full story. Source: Nursing Times, 11 June 2021
  17. News Article
    More than a quarter of all NHS patients who have died after being infected with COVID-19 had diabetes, according to new statistics from NHS England. Between 31 March and 12 May, a total of 5,873 patients with diabetes died in hospital from COVID-19, 26% of all coronavirus deaths. It is the first time data on hospital deaths and underlying health conditions has been revealed by the NHS. People with diabetes have previously been described as being at moderate risk from the virus and were not part of the groups told to shield themselves in their homes due to fears they were at extr
  18. News Article
    Some pregnant women who have had gestational diabetes say a change to shielding advice in England has caused confusion. Some have been told to stay at home while others have not, based on a new algorithm which calculates an individual's risk from Covid. It identified an extra 1.7 million people as extremely clinically vulnerable in England this week. They will now be prioritised for a Covid vaccine. NHS England says not everyone with the same condition will be advised to shield but suggests people contact their GP to discuss their individual case. Heather Davi
  19. News Article
    The family of a man who bled to death during kidney dialysis treatment at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital have said they believe lessons have been learned. Mohammed Ismael Zaman, known as Bolly, died after hospital staff failed to check the connection on his dialysis machine, despite it sounding an alarm after the catheter had become disconnected. During Mr Zaman’s treatment at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on October 18, 2019, his dialysis machine set off a venous pressure alarm. An unidentified member of staff reset the alarm without checking that the connection was still secure. As
  20. News Article
    The mother of a man who died after suffering neglect said she felt "extreme distress and anger" at a critical new report into his care home. James Delaney, 37, died while he was a resident at Sapphire House in Bradwell, Norfolk, in July 2018. After an inadequate rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Mr Delaney's mother said she felt lessons had not been learned from her son's death. A spokeswoman for operator Crystal Care said it had "addressed all concerns". Mr Delaney, who died of a diabetes-related illness, was required to take insulin twice a day, but, despite staff n
  21. Content Article
    Better use of data is essential to speed up diagnosis, research new treatments, plan better NHS services and monitor the safety of drugs. And yet, more than two thirds of the population feel they don’t know how patient data is used in the NHS. These animations have been developed in partnership with charities, patients and clinicians. Find out why and how patient data is used.
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