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Empowering inpatients with diabetes: how to improve safety and reduce errors

Enabling self-administration of insulin recognises patients as experts in their own care
Illustration highlighting the elements involved in day-to-day management of diabetes

Enabling self-administration of insulin recognises patients as experts in their own care

  • National Diabetes Inpatient Audit shows 260,000 people with diabetes experienced medication errors in hospital in 2017
  • Better support in hospitals for people to take ownership of their diabetes is crucial to improvements in patient safety, says charity Diabetes UK
  • You don't need specialist knowledge to assess whether a patient can manage their diabetes - one trust's on-the-spot training takes only five minutes

Being admitted to hospital can be a frightening prospect for people with diabetes, with research showing high numbers of medication errors with the potential for serious harm or even death.

The charity Diabetes UK says that better support in hospitals to allow people to take ownership of their diabetes is crucial to improving patient safety.

This includes being able to self-administer

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