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Diabetes inpatient and hospital care

Over the last two decades we’ve seen great improvements in diabetes inpatient care. However, we still hear that people living with diabetes feel unsafe in hospital and it’s not hard to understand why:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 drug charts for people with least one medication error. 
  • 35% of people with diabetes in hospital are treated with insulin, and of those in 2019, almost two fifths had at least one insulin error on their drug chart. 
  • On the day of the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit in 2019, 3.6% of people in hospital with type 1 diabetes had developed a hospital acquired diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition.

We can and must do better for people with diabetes in hospital.

Use the following resources and tools to improve inpatient and hospital care for people with diabetes.

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Shared practice examples

Developing your diabetes inpatient team

    Supporting hospitals to learn from mistakes

    Learning from mistakes

    Our goal

    People with diabetes experience fewer harms in hospital because when errors occur, they are reported and action taken so they don't happen again. The diabetes inpatient team has processes in place to make sure mistakes are owned, understood and managed by the clinical teams involved.



    Sanofi has provided financial sponsorship to support Diabetes UK’s Improving Inpatient Care Programme. Sanofi has no editorial control over the content or the delivery of the programme.

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