Health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s diabetes services have this week been taking part in Hypo Awareness Week, an annual campaign that is held to raise awareness about hypoglycaemia, a serious condition often experienced by people with diabetes.
As part of the week (3-9 October), the Trust has been linking in with partner organisations such as the North West Ambulance Service to share information, and raise awareness about and reduce episodes of hypoglycaemia.
Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, happens when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low, leaving them feeling shaky, unwell and at risk of slipping into a coma.
Christine Elwell from the Diabetes Service at Lancashire Care said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Hypo Awareness Week at the Trust. We’re continuously working to raise awareness about hypoglycaemia and linking in with other organisations. As part of the drive to help people with hypoglycaemia, we’ve partnered with North West Ambulance Service to ensure there is two-directional flow in sharing details of hypoglycaemia patients with the diabetes service. Our data suggests that local diabetes services can work easily with local ambulance services via electronic means to improve services and reduce the re-occurrence of severe hypoglycaemia rates. Aside from that we’re also raising awareness for staff and patients at Royal Preston Hospital and the Minerva Centre in Preston. We would encourage anyone with diabetes who is experiencing regular hypo to seek advice and support from their healthcare professional.”
Staff from the Trust have also been distributing resources, leaflets, guidelines and educational slides to help raise awareness about hypoglycaemia. Hypo Awareness Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the condition. The theme for this year is optimum control. The autumn awareness drive is calling for a good control of diabetes to avoid hypos.
The number of people with diabetes in hospital beds has increased since 2010, up from 14.6 percent to 16.8 percent in 2015, according to the latest results from the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit. The bedside survey also found that more than one fifth (21.8 per cent) of inpatients had one or more hypoglycaemic episodes over the previous seven days of their stay.