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HypoBox: improving treatment for patients with Diabetes

24 Apr 2014 11:46:43

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is aiming to improve care for patients with diabetes, with the introduction of HypoBox.

The Diabetes Integrated Team at TRFT identified the need to standardise treatment for patients who suffer from Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose).

The HypoBox, stored in various locations across the Trust, contains fast acting carbohydrates in the correct amounts to boost a patient’s blood glucose levels in only 10 to 15 minutes.

Developed by BBI Healthcare, in conjunction with the NHS, the HypoBox improves the management of Hypoglycaemia and contains a variety of treatments for low blood glucose including GlucoTabs, GlucoJuice and GlucoGel/DextroGel, along with written guidelines.

Staff throughout the Trust are receiving training for the introduction of this new treatment, which aims to equip them with knowledge about the causes of Hypoglycaemia, how to recognise symptoms and how to treat it correctly.

Lynda Astbury, Diabetes Specialist Nurse at TRFT, said: “The introduction of the HypoBox will make a real difference to patients and staff on hospital wards. Previously, treatments for hypoglycaemia have been slower acting carbohydrates which are less effective.

“By introducing HypoBox as the universal treatment for Hypoglycaemia, we are equipping our staff and patients with a fast acting, easy to use kit which will ultimately improve patient care.”

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