Course Overview

Brief

This Course provides a comprehensive update on the causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms and management of a diabetes emergency - hypoglycaemia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify those at risk of developing hypoglycaemia to implement strategies to reduce their risk of hypoglycaemia occurring
  • Use knowledge of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia to manage patients experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode appropriately
  • Apply enhanced skills to more effectively care for the person experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode to ensure more advanced adverse outcomes are avoided

Topics include:

  • How can you identify hypoglycaemia?
  • Who’s most at risk?
  • What’s the latest in managing hypoglycaemia?
  • Is there an optimal administration of insulin and more ...

Target audience

Any nurse, midwife, or other health professionals who provide care for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Purpose

Enhance knowledge of the care of the person with diabetes by reviewing and updating information regarding the causes, assessment, and treatment of hypoglycaemic emergencies.

Need

Potential complications associated with diabetes mellitus can be severe. Hypoglycaemia, a diabetes emergency, can occur for a range of reasons. It can cause a great deal of anxiety, be very traumatic and may be life-threatening. A strong awareness of the causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, management and prevention of hypoglycaemia is essential if health professionals are to prevent harm and improve patient outcomes. Therefore, ongoing access to education that assists health professionals to remain well-informed about the latest evidence concerning hypoglycaemia is essential.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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