Enabling healthcare organisations to reduce the number of serious incidents following the unsafe use of insulin.
There are approximately two million patients in England and Wales with Type 1 diabetes.
The cost of treating hypoglycaemia can be considerable and insulin treatment has been identified as an important cause of hospital admissions. Severe hypoglycaemia in hospitalised patients treated with insulin is also common.
Fatal patient safety incidents in the NHS receive media attention each year in the UK.
By using the 10 for 2010 common implementation principles and actions, and by implementing a ‘top-down’ approach to produce guidance, and a ‘bottom-up’ approach to develop local work and initiatives concerning the safe use of insulin, this 10 for 2010 programme will work with NHS organisations to reduce the number of serious incidents following the unsafe use of insulin.