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Preventable diabetes complications are still occurring in hospitals, audit finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4125 (Published 27 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4125
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

More than 60 hospital inpatients with diabetes had diabetic ketoacidosis, a life threatening but entirely preventable complication, in just one week in England and Wales, a national audit report shows.1

The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit also documented 232 cases of severe hypoglycaemia requiring injectable treatment. The audit report, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, said that these findings were “shocking” as these life threatening harms were preventable.

The audit, carried out by the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre working with the charity Diabetes UK, collected data over five days in September 2012 from 13 410 patients with diabetes in 136 trusts in England and six local health boards in Wales. Most of the patients were admitted to hospital for reasons other than their diabetes; just 8.2% in England and 9.6% in Wales were admitted specifically for diabetes. …

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