Implementing ThinkGlucose in Cambridge

Summary

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.

Challenge

The team identified six key areas for improvement:

  1. Footcare
  2. Safe use of insulin
  3. Hypoglycaemia awareness
  4. Appropriate and timely referrals to the diabetes team
  5. Self administration of insulin
  6. Staff education.

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QiC Diabetes Finalist 2011
Best emergency or in-patient care initiative
ThinkGlucose
by Cambridge University Hospitals



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