Date set for Hypo Awareness Week 2017
Hospitals and GP surgeries are being urged to come together as a ‘national collective’ to raise awareness of a short-term complication of diabetes. They are being urged to take part in Hypo Awareness Week 2017, which runs from Monday 2 October 2 to Sunday 8 October.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the short-term complication of diabetes. Last year, a total of 136 sites, mainly hospitals, across the country took part in Hypo Awareness Week.
Organiser Oliver Jelley, said: “Hypo Awareness Week represents an ideal opportunity for diabetes inpatient teams and GP surgeries to be part of a national collective, all coming together for one week of the year to promote awareness of hypoglycaemia and share good practice.
“Now an established part of the diabetes calendar, the week is also a chance to embed new systems and processes to reduce episodes of hypoglycaemia. So, let’s join together and use Hypo Awareness Week to improve diabetes care.”
Participating hospital and GP surgeries will stage training events to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including leaflets, guidelines and educational slides, will be used to help spread the word. (The programme has been made possible with the support of Sanofi as part of its commitment to improve healthcare and help people living with diabetes enjoying a healthier life. Sanofi has no editorial control over its contents).
Hypo Awareness Week has been taking place annually since 2012 and during this period the prevalence of all hypoglycaemic episodes in hospital has decreased by 6%, according to the 2016 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit report (NaDIA).
- Find out more about Hypo Awareness Week at hypoawarenessweek.com
- Useful data on hypoglycaemia from NHS Digital, National Diabetes Inpatient Audit England and Wales, 2016 https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB23539