Diabetes groups throughout North Wales participate in nationwide Insulin Security Week

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Posted: Wed May 19, 2021

Diabetes teams from across the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are participating in a national insulin safety campaign.

Insulin Safety Week takes place May 17-23. The Health Board’s diabetes teams host a number of events in acute and community locations, including liaising with nursing homes and general practitioners and sharing key safety elements with patients to ensure this is done.Important insulin safety information is conveyed to help identify insulin errors to reduce.

The Diabetes Service also introduced employee training the month before the seven-day campaign and will be promoting the “Safe Use of Insulin” e-learning module for all healthcare workers throughout the year. along with sponsoring the Cambridge Diabetes Education Program for professional development opportunities.

Julie Moss, Diabetes Practice Development Nurse for the Eastern Section of the Health Board, said, “This week we want to raise awareness about insulin safety to educate patients and staff.

“The body’s response to illness, infection and stress is to make more glucose. This means that during this time, more insulin may be needed to control blood sugar levels, even if he is not eating normally. Therefore, never stop using background insulin (e.g. Lantus, Levemir, Humulin I). Instead, please call your diabetes team or family doctor if you have any concerns. “

According to the results of the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, two in five people with diabetes on insulin (40%) experience an error related to the administration of the drug in the hospital.

Safety Week organizer Oliver Jelley said, “We are delighted that healthcare professionals can see the benefits of this campaign during the pandemic.

“This campaign is an ideal opportunity for inpatient diabetes teams, GPs, and other health care providers to become part of a national collective who all come together for a week a year to promote insulin safety awareness and share best practices.”

For more information on Insulin Safety Week, visit www.insulinsafetyweek.com.

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