NPSA promote patient involvement and a “Passport” for safer insulin use

 In Clinical Guidelines, NPSA Warnings

 

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

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