Insulin advice for care homes

Improvements to the care of insulin-treated patients in nursing and residential homes have been set out in an updated handbook from Diabetes UK.

The guide Good clinical practice guidelines for care home residents with diabetes explains how staff in nursing and residential homes can support GPs to care for patients.

Merthyr Tydfil GP Dr Jonathan Richards said the guide would help to reduce admissions to hospital and falls resulting from hypoglycaemia.

'Part of the handbook is about making sure that there is a trained member of staff in every home on every shift who knows how to deal with a patient who may be using insulin and is experiencing a "hypo",' he said.

Diabetes UK would be working with the Royal College of Nursing to develop educational programmes for nurses, he added.

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