Trend contributes to glucose-related emergencies guideline

Trend Diabetes Co-Chair June James has led the development of new guidance for glucose-related emergencies during acute hospital admissions.

The Joint British Diabetes Society (JBDS) for Inpatient Care Group has released Diabetes at the front door, with an accompanying position statement published in Diabetic Medicine.

This short guide is for healthcare professionals working in acute emergency departments and emergency decision units. It aims to give a quick guide to triage when adults with diabetes attend these departments for diabetes specific problems.

Writing in the foreword, June said: “People with diabetes account for nearly a fifth of all inpatients in English and Welsh hospitals; of these, up to ninety percent are admitted as an emergency. Most are admitted for a reason other than diabetes with only eight percent requiring admission for a diabetes specific cause. Healthcare professionals working ‘at the coalface’ experience numerous clinical challenges, not withstanding the need to know whether each individual with diabetes requires urgent admission.

“This document has been developed by experts in the field and aims to support staff by offering practical advice and tools for effective, appropriate and safe triage. Each section relates to the commonest diabetes specific emergencies and algorithms can be printed off to enable ease of access and use.”

To access the guideline, click here.

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