Medication errors for 1 in 3 hospital diabetes patients

Qld audit shows gaps in hospital care that could lead to 'patient harm'

Patients who had diabetes when admitted to Queensland hospitals experience a ‘high rate’ of shortcomings in their diabetes care, including medication errors for one in three, an audit shows.

Deficiencies in management of the patients in medical, surgical and mental health wards, high dependency units and ICU include hospital-acquired diabetic ketoacidosis in 8% and hypoglycaemia in 9%, the authors say.

They also have low rates of achieving glycaemic targets,