ThinkGlucose- What is it?
A tool designed to help hospital staff manage the care of people with diabetes, being admitted to hospital has been developed by the National Institute of Innovation and Improvement.
THINKGLUCOSE Role Out at UHL
Here in Leicester we have a dedicated team of Diabetes Specialist Nurses that are rolling out the ThinkGlucose campaign across the wards at all three hospital sites.
The campaign involves training ward staff to ensure patient that have diabetes are identified and their individual needs are met whilst they are inpatients.
University Hospitals of Leicester took part in the pilot for the project.
The pilot ran from September to January 2009. It was piloted on 4 wards across the 3 hospitals.
The pilot resulted in patients being referred more appropriately and earlier. This has helped to reduce the length of stay for people with diabetes, and improved patients overall experience.
The toolkit has helped staff to identify people with diabetes as an inpatient early, and to determine whether specialist diabetes team input is required for their care and to what degree patients can manage their diabetes during their hospital stay.
ThinkGlucose has raised the profile of Diabetes within our hospitals, and it has helped to identify management issues at the beginning of the hospital admission this has helped to improve patient experience.
Staff knowledge has improved, increasing confidence to manage people with diabetes. University Hospitals of Leicester is now rolling it out to all areas.
For more information on ThinkGlucose at UHL please contact:
Helen.Atkins@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or Gwen.email@example.com
Tel: 0116 2588249