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Trauma patients with diabetes more at risk of hospital complications

People with diabetes who are hospitalised after a trauma are more at risk of developing infections than people who do not have the condition, claims a study.

According to the findings, published in the July issue of the Archives of Surgery, people with diabetes also appear to spend more days in the intensive care unit, use more ventilator support and have more complications during hospitalisation for trauma than the general population.

"It is no surprise that people with diabetes are shown to have higher rates of complications following trauma," said Matt Hunt, Head of Science Information at Diabetes UK.

"We already know that diabetes, as well as affecting all the organs, also seems to affect the immune system and people's power of recuperation.

"What is interesting though is that this study shows that people with diabetes are much more vulnerable to infections by a large margin. This is an interesting avenue of investigation, as infections such as MRSA are a major issue in UK hospitals.”

The researchers, from Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, say that 11.3 per cent of people with diabetes developed infections in hospital following admission for trauma, compared to 6.3 per cent for those who did not have the condition.

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