Hypo Hub workshops and simulator return to DPC

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DPC2018 will again host a dedicated Hypo Hub programme, to increase awareness of hypoglycaemia and address the need for better education for healthcare professionals.

Hypoglycaemia, caused by low blood sugar, can result in a range of unpleasant side effects for those living with diabetes and, if left untreated, may result in further complications, including seizures, unconsciousness and sometimes death.

“Hypoglycaemia is a debilitating, frustrating, often very frightening complication of diabetes,” said Steve Maishman, Diabetes Field Sales Manager, Novo Nordisk, at the launch of the Hypo Hub at DPC2017. “Patients with type 1 can expect to experience two non-severe episodes in a week and a type 2 patient who’s using insulin to manage their diabetes can expect to have one non-severe episode every couple of weeks.”

Yet, he added, research by Novo Nordisk showed that 20% of patients felt their hypoglycaemia wasn’t important enough to bring up with their healthcare professional and 10% felt the doctor might consider it a waste of their time to bring it up.

DPC has identified a clear need for better education in this area, for both those with diabetes and healthcare professionals. “Many healthcare professionals report feeling ‘out of my depth’ or ‘overwhelmed’ by the available glucose data”, says Dr Emma Wilmot, Consultant Diabetologist, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who will present a simple, quick and easy to use guide to AGP interpretation in clinic in her Hypo Hub session entitled Making the most of the AGP in clinic.

Other Hypo Hub sessions will include:

  • Measuring variations in hypos – GIRFT. Dr Partha Kar, Diabetes Consultant & National Associate Clinical Director Diabetes, NHS England
  • Hypoglycaemia in adults in the community ­– recognition, management & prevention. Debbie Hicks, Nurse Consultant – Diabetes, Barnet Enfield & Haringey MHT, Co-Chair TREND-UK and Chair FIT UK
  • Clinical outcomes of ultra-long acting insulin analogues: impact on hypoglycaemia. Dr Pratik Choudhary, Clinical Lead for T1 Diabetes, Islet & Pancreas Transplantation, Consultant in Diabetes, King’s College Hospital
  • A guide to managing hypoglycaemia in hospital – updated JBDS Guidelines. Esther Walden, Lead DISN NNUH Chair DISN UK Group
  • The highs and lows of blood glucose: advice for primary care. Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant in Diabetes & Senior Clinical Lecturer, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust & University of Southampton

These interactive, CPD-accredited sessions will help to equip healthcare professionals with the practical skills and knowledge needed to support their patients in managing their blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of a hypoglycaemic event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to raise questions and discuss real world situations with these experienced practitioners.

Running alongside the workshops, the Hypo Simulator will take participants to a new level of learning and understanding of hyper- and hypoglycaemia, and their effect on people with diabetes. Unique virtual reality headsets will allow them to experience first-hand how their patients feel when they have a hypoglycaemic event.

For full information on the Hypo Hub workshops and simulator, visit the website here.

Don’t miss out on this unique experience – if you haven’t yet registered for your free place at DPC2018, please register here now.

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