Nearly one in three hospital patients with diabetes are affected by errors which can result in dangerously high blood glucose levels, according to a new national audit report released today.
Hospitals in England and Wales made at least one medication error in the treatment of 3700 inpatients with diabetes in one week, according to the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA).
This is a small improvement on the previous year according to the audit, which is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in partnership with Diabetes UK and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.
During the seven day audit period, the patients with errors suffered more than double the number of severe hypoglycaemic – “hypo” - episodes compared to patients without errors. Hypos occur when blood glucose levels drop dangerously low and if left untreated can lead to seizures, coma or death.