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The Safe Management of Hypoglycaemia

On completion learners will:

  • Describe the risk factors of hypoglycaemia
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms
  • Safely and effectively treat hypoglycaemia
  • Prevent hypoglycaemia recurrence and when to seek further advice
  • Have an understanding of the impact of hypoglycaemia on the individual
  • Access guidelines and appropriate patient literature

The format, animations and use of quizzes, papers and publications along the way is great! - Dudley Group Hospitals

The course has recently been updated to include new algorithms for specific patient groups and current driving guidance from the DVLA.

Hypoglycaemia is a common side effect which often follows treatment with insulin and some other oral glucose-lowering therapies. It is vital that this condition is recognised, treated, and preferably prevented effectively, as the consequences of hypoglycaemia can be severe.

Therefore, this module has been developed in order to help provide learners with the required knowledge to manage hypoglycaemia successfully. The course will also help learners identify strategies to reduce the negative impacts of hypoglycaemia and will therefore help to improve the patient’s quality of life. The course gives the learner vital access to guidelines and appropriate patient literature, in order to enhance their overall knowledge and understanding of the subject.

There are no entry requirements when taking this course; however the primary users will be medical and nursing staff, responsible for looking after adults with diabetes in all healthcare settings. However, medical students, pharmacists and care home staff will also have the opportunity to learn about the important aspects of caring for people with the condition. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete, however the length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly the learner can study and absorb material. There is no time limit to this training, which means learners can proceed as quickly or slowly as is convenient.

After the course has been completed, learners will be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia and describe the risk factors associated with it. They should also have an improved understanding of the impact of hypoglycaemia on the individual. Not only will the learner know how to safely and effectively treat hypoglycaemia, they will also have gained knowledge on how to prevent hypoglycaemia from reoccurring, and know when it is appropriate to seek further advice.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines, and once the training has been completed, the learner will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

If your organisation subscribes to the National Patient Safety Suite you can access the course and automatically add it to your learner record here*.

*Tracking and reporting on registrations, completions are results is only available for National Patient Safety Suite subscribers. To find out more about the National Patient Safety Training Suite click here

Areas covered in this course include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Introduction to Hypoglycaemia
  • Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors
  • Treatment
  • Special Groups
  • Prevention and Education


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