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Tackling avoidable harm with Hypo Awareness Week

NHS Diabetes is staging its first ever Hypo Awareness Week, to run from 13 to 19 August.

The NHS Diabetes Hypo Awareness week is being held in an effort to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia amongst clinical and non-clinical staff working with people with diabetes and, in turn, reduce the incidence of hypoglycaemia in secondary care.

Anna Morton, Director of NHS Diabetes, has commented on the urgent need for the recognition and safe management of hypoglycaemic episodes in care, stating: “Our inpatient audits have consistently shown on average 15 per cent of inpatients have diabetes and almost a quarter of them experience a hypo while in hospital.”

It is hoped that, through engaging hospital teams and ensuring a basic knowledge of diabetes management, complications such as hypoglycaemia can be avoided.

For further information about Hypo Awareness Week, registration information and links to resources, visit: http://www.diabetes.nhs.uk/hypo_awareness_week/ 

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