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This year, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s diabetes team were determined to push the Hypo Awareness Week agenda. In addition to the stand, they also launched a hypo awareness poster competition which was extended ur to popular demand.
The team also created a hypo education flip chart, which was submitted to and published by the Journal of Diabetes Nursing recently. This was launched during Hypo Awareness Week on the wards. Staff and patient resources about hypoglycaemia were also created and a staff diabetes pocket guide was also launched this week.
A special diabetes snakes and ladders game was developed, which incorporated questions on hypos. The prototype could be viewed and played with at their stand and it has now received funding so it can be printed professionally as a poster.
All of these interventions helped raise staff awareness about hypos, and the team are now looking at whether all their activities have helped decrease the number of hypo incidents in the coming weeks and months.