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Tuesday 25 September 2018
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Louise Wong Advanced Nurse Practioner in Diabetes and Gemma Allen Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Louise Wong Advanced Nurse Practioner in Diabetes and Gemma Allen Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Insulin Safety Week 2018

Patients who have diabetes are being reminded to take their medication with them when they are admitted to hospital, as part of a new Insulin Safety Week initiative.


At any one time, around 12 -14 per cent of inpatients at Salford Royal have diabetes, with around 60 per cent of those using insulin.


Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life. Many people with type 2 diabetes will also require insulin injections to maintain good blood glucose control.


Gemma Allen, Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Salford Royal, said it’s important patients with diabetes take their own medication with them when they go into hospital to ensure they can continue with the same type of insulin.


Some patients have their insulin administered by community nursing teams so may be unaware of their own dosage and Insulin type.


Gemma said: “Although we have a process to determine what to prescribe if a patient doesn’t know their own dosage or insulin type, it is definitely preferable that patients take control of their own condition. If someone has a planned stay in hospital, then we would hope they would come prepared with their own medication and community nursing records. Many diabetes patients have an insulin passport, outlining their own medication type and dosage, which can be extremely helpful for the staff involved in their care.”


As part of Insulin Safety Week (14 - 20May), the diabetes team at Salford Royal will be hosting awareness stands in Hope Building to provide advice and guidance for staff and members of the public.


Gemma added: “While in hospital, the clinicalstaff will always support patients with their medication but where the patient is well enough, we will always encourage them to self-manage.”


For more information about Insulin Safety Week, please visit Twitter @SalfordDiabetes or Facebook at Salford Diabetes Team.