Blackpool Teaching Hospitals will take part in National Insulin Safety Week to aid COVID-19 pandemic

Frontline staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will take part in a national insulin safety campaign, helping to raise awareness at a time when people with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Insulin Safety Week, originally due to be held in May, was postponed until September when the pandemic took hold, but overwhelming calls from the clinical community saw organisers carry out extensive consultation and bring it forward to July.

The seven-day campaign will see the Trust stage a series of events across its site, to ensure vital information about insulin safety is communicated to staff in an attempt to reduce incidents of insulin errors.

According to the results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, two in five people with diabetes on insulin (40 per cent), experience an error related to the administration of the drug whilst in hospital.

This programme is organised by Orange Juice Communications and has been funded by Sanofi, who have had no input into any arrangements or content.

Oliver Jelley, organiser of the event, said: “We’re thrilled that healthcare professionals can see the benefit in this campaign during the pandemic.

“The commitment and dedication our health service has shown these last few months have been incredible.

“The fact they’ve willingly signed up for Insulin Safety Week proves just how much they care about their patients and ensuring they all have positive health outcomes.

“This campaign represents an ideal opportunity for diabetes inpatient teams, GP surgeries and other care providers to be part of a national collective, all coming together for one week of the year to promote awareness of insulin safety and share good practice.”

 

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