NPSA promote patient involvement and a “Passport” for safer insulin use
Problems with insulin therapy are a common cause of serious patient safety issues which include fatalities.
Following a review by the NPSA, 26% of incidents were due to the administration of the wrong dose, strength or frequency and 20% were due to omitted doses of insulin.
Prescribing or dispensing the wrong type of insulin accounted for 14% of incidents.
The NPSA aims to improve safety by empowering patients and facilitating patients to have a more active role in their treatment with insulin. This should be achieved by:
- Patient information booklet
- Patient-held record or “Insulin Passport”
- Facilitation for inpatients to self-administer insulin whenever possible
For further information: http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=130397