Shocking Study into Care Home Diabetes

Shocking Study into Care Home Diabetes

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A new report has revealed that poor training and screening sees one care home resident with diabetes admitted to hospital every 25 minutes.

The Diabetes UK report found that 60% of care homes with diabetic patients in England do not train their staff on the condition.

The report – titled Diabetes in Care Homes: Awareness, Screening, Training – also showed that new residents were screened for diabetes at just 23% of care homes.

Furthermore, just 28% conducted screenings of patients each year.

Taking the missed screening into account, it is thought that around 13,500 people living in care homes could have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Basic training for care home staff should include how to identify symptoms, recognise and treat hypoglycaemia (‘hypos’), measure and monitor blood glucose levels, administer insulin safely, and understand the importance of dietary timings and requirements as well as regular physical activity.

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Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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