Fewer mistakes are
being made in the care of diabetes patients in the UK, but there is still room for improvement, according to
The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit found that 32.4 per cent of patients
(3,430) experienced at least one medication error in the previous seven days of
their hospital stay, which is a slight decrease on the previous year when the
figure stood at 36.6 per cent.
Audit lead clinician Dr Gerry Rayman said it is pleasing to see that
improvements have been made since the last audit, but there is still further
work which must be done as the majority of hospital doctors and ward nurses
have not received basic insulin management and glucose control training.
"There is no doubt that big improvements in care and patient safety can
happen by ensuring hospitals are adequately staffed with inpatient diabetes
specialist teams," he added.
According to Diabetes UK, over one in four people will suffer from the disease
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Private diabetes treatment news: 19 May 2012