Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) decided to implement ThinkGlucose in November 2009, having identified that 16 per cent of its in-patients had diabetes.
After establishing its ThinkGlucose team, further audits revealed regular insulin errors, lack of appropriate footcare, poor knowledge of hypogylcaemia among ward staff and negative patient feedback/experiences.
The ThinkGlucose team wanted to work to improve staff’s knowledge and confidence in caring for patients with diabetes.
The team identified six key areas for improvement:
- Safe use of insulin
- Hypoglycaemia awareness
- Appropriate and timely referrals to the diabetes team
- Self administration of insulin
- Staff education.
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