As a Trust we support Insulin Safety Week (15 to 21 May 2023), which aims to reduce insulin errors among healthcare professionals.

According to the results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, two in five people with diabetes on insulin (40 per cent) experience an error related to the administration of the drug while in hospital.

To improve insulin safety, we will always listen to the patient, and where possible we will support them to self-manage their insulin therapy.

If a healthcare professional is required to administer the insulin, we will follow the 6 Rs:

  • Right person
  • Right insulin
  • Right dose
  • Right time
  • Right device
  • Right way.

We also promote on all our inpatient wards and when visiting care homes, Be Aware, Don’t Share! Insulin pen devices are for single patient use only and should not be used for another patient, even if a new needle is used.

For further information please contact: Dr John Crosby, Medicines and Safety Lead or Fiona Boyd, Deputy Chief Pharmacist (Clinical Quality and Governance)