East Sussex HealthCare NHS Trust will be publicising the dangers of hypoglycaemia this month by taking part again in the national Hypo Awareness Week running from September 9-13.
The aim is to reduce the incidence of hypoglycaemia for patients with diabetes in hospital and ensure that everyone knows how to recognise and treat this condition.
Hypos (hypoglycaemia or low blood glucose) happen when the blood glucose level of people with diabetes drops too low and they can feel shaky and unwell and can cause loss of consciousness if not properly identified and treated.
Darren Grayson, chief executive, said, “Patient safety is a priority we all take very seriously. The fact that almost a quarter of people with diabetes experience a hypo while in hospital reinforces the need to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia to ensure patients in hospital get the best possible care. This is an area of care which needs addressing to reduce the number of hypos in hospitals.”
During the week the diabetes team members will be clearly identifiable by their orange shirts or badges with the hypo awareness logo. The diabetes nurses will be visiting all wards and departments to spread the message.”
The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, a bedside survey, has consistently found that 15 per cent of inpatients have diabetes and almost a quarter of them experience a hypo while in hospital.
The Trust’s diabetes team will be promoting various resources including hypo symptom factsheets, online hypo training as well as engaging with staff in a fun quiz which will attract prizes for those teams who submit the largest number of responses.