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Diabetes treatment aid app launched

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Nurses and other health practitioners can now use a smartphone app to help them treat patients with diabetes.

The DiAppBetes app, devised by Southampton General Hospital’s Dr Sanjay Gupta and Dr Mayank Patel, provides information on the safe and effective use of insulin as well as dose adjustment advice.

It also features a search tool offering guidance on different treatments and information on which circumstances require the services of a specialist.

The app could be a useful tool for nurses treating diabetic patients regarding other health issues, as it can offer guidance and information that might not be available through other channels.

In these circumstances, medical staff might not be trained in managing diabetes alongside other illnesses or ailments.

Past research has shown that uncontrolled blood glucose levels can heighten the risk of heart and kidney failure and if left untreated can lead to eyesight loss, nerve damage and amputations.

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