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Shorter stay for diabetes patients

A nurse-led team has helped reduce hospital stays for patients with diabetes in Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.

A team of five diabetes specialist nurses, supported by a consultant and specialist registrar diabetologist, was introduced in 2002. Each nurse was responsible for a group of wards and a link nurse on each ward was identified. Study authors assessed the team’s impact up to 2006.

‘The impact appears to be a reduction in length of stay of approximately 0.7 days per patient,’ they said.

Up to 10% of acute beds were usually occupied by those with diabetes.

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