Reducing risks of hypoglycaemia in acute admissions in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly

Reducing risks of hypoglycaemia in acute admissions in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly

Author: Joy Williams, Dr Suchitra Raj

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Hypoglycaemia is a patient safety complication associated with the use of sulphonylureas and insulin in the treatment of diabetes

As part of a quality improvement and safety study this team of diabetes specialist nurses in a district general hospital reviewed all patients with diabetes admitted into the admission ward of the Department of Medicine for the Elderly. Over a 12 month period from November 2011 to October 2012, all patients treated with either a sulphonylurea or insulin were identified. This information was analysed and the data are presented here.

This improvement report also provides an overview of hypoglycaemia and discusses the key risk factors of this acute complication of diabetes in older people.

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