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2017 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit – 1 in 6 hospital beds are now occupied by a patient with Diabetes

Posted on March 19, 2018
Archive : March 2018
Category : News

New Figures released last week at the DiabetesUK Professional Conference demonstrate varied results in Diabetic Care across the UK.

The audit was introduced in 2011 to monitor and measure the quality of diabetes care provided to people with diabetes, while they are admitted to hospital.

The report shows some improvements in a few areas as well as reporting some scary statisitics including the figure that 1 in 15 of the total population now has Diabetes. Based on a population of 66,000,000 this means that there are 4.6million people who now have Diabetes in the UK.

The provision of Multidisiplinary-footcare teams in hospitals has improved from 42% of hospital sites in 2011 not having a multidisciplinary Footcare team to 20% in 2017 so a distinct improvement. That is still a fifth of hospitals not having the appropriate footcare team to deal with the ever increasing numbers of patients with diabetic foot problems, needing help.

Improvements have been noted in the proportion of people with diabetes being seen by dedicated diabetes inpatient specialist nurses, but there are still 28% of people not being seen by an appropriately trained nurse.

Other improvements have been a 30% reduction in severe hypoglycemic rates and 40% reduction in foot pressure ulcers occurring in hospitals. Another reduction noted was that of medication errors – however there are still 31% of inpatients with Diabetes who still have medication errors while in hospital.

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.”

To view the Diabetes Times article on the Audit click here: http://diabetestimes.co.uk/inpatient-audit-reveals-no-dsns-in-quarter-of-hospitals
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