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Specialist nurses launch unique hypoglycaemia toolkit

An innovative new toolkit for treating hypoglycaemia, designed by diabetes specialist nurses, has been rolled out across Cornwall’s largest hospital this month.

Three nurses – Amanda Veall, Kim Bull and Amanda Davis – from Peninsula Community Health have developed a simulation training programme for responding to patients with hypoglycaemia. It is thought to be the first of its kind specific to diabetes patients.

Ms Veall said: “We’d seen how simulation training was being used in a number of different situations around the hospital and the idea of doing something for diabetes came up at one of our regular meetings with ward sisters.”

Ms Bull added: “We can do the training out in the ward environment using the hi-tech simulation mannequins, so it doesn’t only provide an opportunity to refresh existing, or learn new skills, but to test them out in a realistic situation.”

Their toolkit was also featured as a showcase presentation at a Royal College of Medicine conference in January.

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