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The lead clinician for the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, Dr Gerry Rayman said the purpose of the audit is to "drive improvements in care for inpatients with diabetes". He added:
The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, which examined data from 13,400 patients, found that a fifth of patients suffered from hypoglycaemia while in hospital.
Bridget Turner, director of policy and care improvement at Diabetes UK, said that "even a single" case of ketoacidosis developing in hospital is "unacceptable" as it suggests insulin "has been withheld from that person for some time".
A new report suggests that one in every three diabetic patients in England and Wales are given the wrong medication whilst in hospital.
A third of patients experienced a "medication error" during the five-day National Diabetes Inpatient Audit.
Conducted last September, the audit found that 61 patients developed a life-threatening but preventable complication due to poor care.
Diabetes UK said it was "appalling" that any patients should develop diabetic ketoacidosis during a hospital stay.