This year’s Hypo Awareness Week has already broken the record for the number of participating sites.
So far there have been 506 sites register and counting, up from 343 last year, which was the previous highest total since the campaign launched in 2012.
The seven-day campaign to raise awareness about, and reduce episodes of, hypoglycaemia runs from Monday, September 24, to Sunday, September 30, 2018.
According to results from the 2017 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (1), around one in six hospitals beds are occupied by a person with diabetes.
Dr Gerry Rayman, the national clinical lead for the audit, has said that since 2010 there has been a 30 per cent reduction in severe hypoglycaemic in hospitals, with Hypo Awareness Week helping to raise awareness annually since 2012 (2).
However, almost one in five inpatients with diabetes experiences hypoglycaemia during their hospital stay (3).
The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the short-term complications of diabetes.
As part of a week-long series of activities, the participants will be staging training and education events to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including guidelines, leaflets and educational slides, will be used to help spread the word.
This programme is organised by Orange Juice communications and has been made possible with the support of Sanofi, with the global life sciences company funding the campaign as part of its commitment to improve healthcare and help people living with diabetes enjoying a healthier life. Sanofi has no editorial control over its contents.
This project has been funded by Sanofi who have had no input into any arrangements or content.
To register, click here.
- NHS Digital, National Diabetes Inpatient Audit England and Wales, 2017, Full Report: Page 10. 2018. Web. 20 August. 2018.
- The Diabetes Times,Inpatient audit reveals no DSNs in quarter of hospitals. March 14, 2018. Web. 20 August. 2018.
- NHS Digital, National Diabetes Inpatient Audit England and Wales, 2017, Full Report: Page 18.2018. Web. 20 August. 2018.
Date of preparation: September 2018