The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new guidance to assist nurses caring for people with diabetes.
The RCN’s guidance concerns the issues surrounding the use of pre-loading insulin syringes.
“A small but significant number of people need to use pre-loaded syringes to help manage their diabetes”, explains Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK. “In these cases, it is vital that care is delivered safely and nurses are aware of the legal position surrounding this practice. We therefore welcome guidance that will help people with diabetes retain as much independence as possible in managing their condition, while also ensuring they receive the highest level of care available.”
Additionally, the RCN guidance seeks to ensure that nurses are aware of the legal position around undertaking such treatment.
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “The dedication of the RCN members who have led on this vital piece of guidance has been inspiring. The NHS’s ability to manage diabetes will be crucial over the coming years, and specialist staff and those working in the community will be in a key position to refine best practice and give care of the highest quality.
“It is a testament to their dedication that we are now publishing such a clear and user-friendly piece of guidance for nurses in all settings.”