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Diabetes in hospital guide for healthcare providers

Optimal diabetes management in hospital is important as diabetes is a frequent co-morbidity amongst hospital inpatients. Up to 40% of hospital inpatients may have diabetes. It is common for blood glucose levels to become unstable when a patient is in hospital. Significantly, high blood glucose levels in hospital have been associated with higher infection rates, poorer wound healing and increased mortality.

Healthcare providers’ guide to diabetes management for inpatients

This guide is for healthcare professionals who provide diabetes management for inpatients in hospital.


Diabetes in hospital for people living with diabetes

This resource has been developed to assist people living with diabetes while in hospital, regardless for the reason for their admission. Managing blood glucose levels (BGLs) before, during, and after stays in hospital will help to ensure that they are able to return to or improve their usual level of health as soon as possible.

Caring for your diabetes in hospital

It is important that your diabetes is well managed in hospital, regardless for the reason for your admission. Always let your nurses and treating doctors know that you have diabetes.


Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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