The diabetes team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are to take part in a seven-day national campaign aimed at raising awareness of hypoglycaemia, a condition that occurs when a person with diabetes’ blood glucose level drops too low.
During Hypo Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October, the diabetes team will be running a number of information stands where members of the public and staff can find out more about hypoglycaemia, the symptoms of hypos and how they can be treated. This will include a demonstration of hospital ‘hypo boxes’ which contain all the necessary equipment that is needed to treat both mild and severe hypoglycaemia from glucose drinks to intravenous glucose.
In addition, a week-long series of profiles highlighting specialist diabetes roles will be posted on the Trust’s Facebook and social media accounts. There will also be opportunities to find out about the research the Trust carries out to help further understand the effects and management of hypoglycaemia.
Hypoglycaemia or hypos, take place when the blood glucose levels of people with insulin treated diabetes, drops too low.
Cheryl Smith, diabetes nurse specialist said: “The campaign will involve a wide range of diabetes specialists from across the Trust, including community and hospital nurses, pharmacists and leading researchers. By sharing information about this potentially devastating complication of diabetes, we hope to educate members of the public, patients and staff that there are simple steps that can be followed to prevent and manage hypoglycaemic episodes.”
For more information about Hypo Awareness Week 2019 visit https://hypoawarenessweek.com/