Beech Tree Total Care taking part in Hypo Awareness Week campaign
Beech Tree Total Care will join forces with healthcare professionals across the country to raise awareness of a short-term complication of diabetes in a national drive to improve staff knowledge and patient care.
Beech Tree Total Care is taking part in the campaign to raise awareness about, and reduce episodes of, hypoglycaemia as part of Hypo Awareness Week, which runs from Monday, September 24, to Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, takes place when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low. They can feel shaky, unwell and, in extreme cases, can slip into a coma.
According to results from the 2017 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, around one in six hospitals beds are occupied by a person with diabetes.
Dr Gerry Rayman, the national clinical lead for the audit, has said that since 2010 there has been a 30 per cent reduction in severe hypoglycaemic in hospitals, with Hypo Awareness Week helping to raise awareness annually since 2012.
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However, almost one in five inpatients with diabetes experiences hypoglycaemia during their hospital stay.
The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the short-term complications of diabetes.
As part of a week-long series of activities, Beech Tree will be staging a training event to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including guidelines, leaflets and educational slides, will be used to help spread the word.