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April 3, 2011

Diabetes Medication Errors Common in England, Report Reveals

More than one third (37.1%) of diabetes patients in NHS hospitals across England experienced at least one medication error made by staff, according to a new audit published by NHS Diabetes. The report also revealed that 26% of the charts had prescription errors and 20% had one or more

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More than one third (37.1%) of diabetes patients in NHS hospitals across England experienced at least one medication error made by staff, according to a new audit published by NHS Diabetes.

The report also revealed that 26% of the charts had prescription errors and 20% had one or more medication management errors.

Patients who had experienced medication errors suffer from twice the rate of severe hypoglycaemia, compared to those who have not experienced errors.

People with diabetes represented 15% of inpatients in England, with 86.7% of them admitted as an emergency.

At the time of the analysis, people with diabetes had been in the hospital for an average of eight days, about three days longer than all other inpatients.

The audit analysed clinical data of over 12,000 inpatients with diabetes from 206 hospitals as well as nearly 5,000 patient questionnaires.

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