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Diabetes 'Hypo boxes' for hospital wards in Lincolnshire

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: September 10, 2013

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‘Hypo boxes’ containing fizzy drinks have been introduced onto hospital wards in Lincolnshire.

The move, by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, is a bid to help treat diabetic patients whose blood sugar dips suddenly whilst on a ward.

The boxes also contain glucose to be used intravenously through the veins of a patient.

It comes as the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust supports the national Hypo Awareness Week beginning from September 9.

A diabetes patient suffers a hypo, or hypoglycaemia, when their blood sugar level drops too low.

It means they feel shaky and unwell, and can need medical help if not treated.

Anne Prestt, lead nurse for Diabetes, said: “We have a much higher rate of diabetes in Lincolnshire than the national average and it is vital that our staff have access to all the information they need about hypoglycaemia and how to prevent it.

“We have introduced hypo boxes on all wards which include all the equipment necessary to treat a hypo such as Lucozade to be used initially and intravenous glucose if the hypo is more severe.”

ULHT is also introducing information packs to wards.

She added: “Copies of the hypo algorithm which outlines the management of hypos in hospital will also be displayed in each ward to provide further information.”

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