All Hospital Staff but specially those working in clinical situations
Belfast City Hospital - Tertiary care
The diabetes team were aware that frequently hypoglycaemia was not treated quickly or appropriately. They designed a poster for clinical areas, conducted a knowledge survey, and introduced Hypoboxes for all clinical areas. The project was launched on 20/2/07
How this service improves
Improves the efficient management of hypoglycaemia in the hospital setting by providing quidelines for treatment and ready access to the items required to treat hypo in conscious & unconscious patients.
Why this service is a good example of shared practice
We did not find an good examples of educational posters on the internet, nor from making enquiries across the UK. However the idea for the Hypobox did come from Oxford.
Improve the knowledge & skills of staff to treat hypoglycaemia
Reduce the incident of severe hypoglycaemia.
Reduce the incidence of inapproriate abd overtreatment of hypoglycaemia
Hypoglycaemia poster Hypobox
An audit of the hypobox contents will be undertaken. The knowledge questionnaire will be repeated
Improve efficient & effective management of hypoglycaemia within the hospital setting
The project is just launced to-day with excellent feedback from everyone visiting the launch
The key resource has been staff time to date. The diabetes team designed and agreed the poster content. 70 posters were produced & 70 small plastic boxes purchased & labelled. The contents for the boxes are available at ward level, but for other clinical areas additional supplies are required
For the team it has confirmed that the previous management within the hospital setting has not always been evidence based or appropriate