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New learning modules from NHS Diabetes

NHS Diabetes is continuing its campaign for increased patient safety by launching two new e-learning modules.

The free learning programmes build on the success of the previous modules, Safe Use of Insulin and Intravenous Insulin Infusion modules.

The Safe Use of Non-Insulin Therapies module is designed improve knowledge and aims to reduce the number of medication errors and poorly controlled blood glucose levels while using non-insulin therapies. The module is available now.

The Safe Management of Hypoglycaemia module launches soon and aims to reduce the incidence of hypoglycaemia.

Hypoglycaemia and insulin errors are serious and can be fatal. Training in the safe use of insulin is mandatory for all staff who prescribe, prepare or administer insulin. Over 80,000 healthcare professionals have registered for the Safe Use of Insulin unit.

Anna Morton, Director of NHS Diabetes, said: “We are calling on all individuals who care for people with diabetes to improve their skills and complete these modules. Together we can reduce the numbers of avoidable errors and hypoglycaemic episodes, ensuring patients with diabetes receive the best possible care.”

For more information, see www.diabetes.nhs.uk/safety.

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