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Diabetes teams in acute settings

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A nurse-led team has helped reduce the length of hospital stays for patients with diabetes in Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital. Researchers said that up to 10% of acute beds were occupied by diabetes patients at any given time.

A team of five diabetes specialist nurses, supported by a consultant and specialist registrar diabetologist, was introduced in 2002. Each nurse took responsibility for a group of wards, which they visited on a daily basis, and a link nurse on each ward was also identified. The study authors assessed the impact of the team up to 2006.

‘The impact of the inpatient diabetes specialist nurse team appears to be a reduction in length of stay of approximately 0.7 day per patient,’ the authors said.

Diabetic Medicine (2008) 25: 147-151

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