Kent hospital focus on diabetes care across Christmas

A hospital in Kent has been moving into the festive spirit by releasing diabetes-themed info playing cards primarily based on the 12 days of Christmas.

Just just like the well-known track, the place every verse describes a present given by “my true love”, the playing cards begin with “On the first day of Christmas, my diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) gave to me”.

The remainder of the cardboard has a variety of knowledge regarding the situation and has been particularly designed to remind sufferers and healthcare staff in regards to the totally different elements of diabetes all through the festive interval.

They will likely be displayed and handed out to all 15 wards on the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital from Christmas Day onwards and employees will then be examined in January to see how a lot they’ve learnt.

Some of the matters included on the paperwork embrace hypo guidelines and signs, hints and suggestions for insulin security, the medical markers of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), footcare, diabetes issues and a information to the 9 care processes folks with the situation ought to obtain yearly.

To assist promote the initiative employees have been singing the track utilizing their model of the phrases.

The thought was thought up by Sarah Gregory, an inpatient diabetes specialist nurse and Diabetes UK Clinical Champion on the hospital.

Speaking to The Diabetes Times, she mentioned: “Sometimes folks neglect the fundamentals and it is essential to remind them what a hypo is and how you can deal with one. It’s a little bit of enjoyable however with critical messages.

“It’s the nurses and the wards who do the exhausting work, I simply give you the concepts.”

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