Building on the British model, we trialled diabetes self-management on our medical and orthopaedic wards. The trial showed that many patients with diabetes come into hospital for other reasons and are well enough to continue with their normal routines.
As a result of the trial we have:
- Designed a decision-making guide for staff to identify whether self-management is appropriate
- Developed information for patients and their families to encourage self-management
- Identified the best way to discuss and document the decision to self-manage
- Ensured that testing kits and medication was accessible to patients but safely stored