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The aim of the Self-management of diabetes in hospital guidelines is to improve the safety of the in hospital management of diabetes. Diabetes care is very individualised, especially if that person is using insulin. It follows that the person with the greatest expertise in managing diabetes is commonly the individual themselves. Allowing patients to self manage their diabetes in hospital should significantly improve patient safety. The correct support structures need to be provided to ensure that this is properly monitored but this must be done without creating unnecessary bureaucracy.
These guidelines emphasise that, at all stages of care in hospital the patient should remain in charge of their diabetes care unless there is a specific reason not to. It is hoped that they will be of use to all healthcare professionals who are involved in the delivery of diabetes care in hospital. The target audience specifically includes:
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