According to National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA) (2017) data, 18% of all hospital inpatients have diabetes. Most of these patients are admitted into hospital for non-diabetes-related reasons and therefore are cared for by non-diabetes specialist teams. Suboptimal hospital management of diabetes can lead to increased length of stay and has been linked to increased morbidity and mortality rates. Delivering robust, measurable and standardised insulin safety training is challenging, as shifts are busy, often understaffed and agency or bank nurses are routinely used. Plus, 28% of hospitals do not have dedicated diabetes specialist inpatient nurses to support training. Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP) collaborated with Dr Rice, Chris Cottrell and PocketMedic to create a ‘bite-sized’ educational film and competency-based e-learning topic to support ward staff to improve insulin safety skills and reduce insulin errors.
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