Diabetes patients do not feel safe in hospital, charity says

A charity has warned that more needs to be done to ensure diabetic patients feel safe in hospital.

Diabetes UK has warned that there is “still work to do to improve safety” for patients with diabetes in hospital after it was revealed that almost one in five suffer a hypoglycemic episode during an hospital admission.

A national audit on patient safety showed that one in 25 patients with type 1 diabetes suffered from a complication of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), one in 5 suffered from an episode of hypoglycemia and one in 10 experienced a medication error during their admission.

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However, the audit did show some improvements – since 2010 there has been a 30% reduction in severe hypoglycemic rates, a 40% reduction in foot pressure ulcers occurring in hospital and reduction in all medication errors.

David Jones, assistant director of improvement support and innovation at Diabetes UK, said: “It is essential that people with diabetes feel safe when they stay in hospital.

“We have spoken to too many people who don’t, and these figures show that there is still work to do to improve safety.

“We need to do more to support diabetes teams to help their colleagues provide safe and appropriate care.”

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