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9 Aug 2012
NHS Diabetes produces new inpatient guidance for stroke patients with diabetes
This week NHS Diabetes has published new guidelines for enteral feeding of stroke patients with diabetes. Glycaemic management during the inpatient enteral feeding of stroke patients with diabetes (PDF 3.5MB)has been produced in partnership with Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS) for inpatient care, TREND UK, Diabetes UK, Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group and Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD).
The much-anticipated document aims to assist UK healthcare professionals in the management of enteral feeding in people with diabetes who have had a stroke. When inpatients with diabetes who have suffered a stroke are fed by the enteral route, the management of hyperglycaemia should be balanced against the risks of hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia during the rest period between feeds is a potentially life-threatening event, and close monitoring of the patient is recommended at all times.
The document will be publicised at the NHS Diabetes Inpatient Network Annual Conference in London on Friday 19th October 2012.