University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on MicroGuide is the new home for the reworked app that was launched in 2012. For those of you involved in managing people in hospital with diabetes, DiAppbetes provides concise guidance notes that cover a wide variety of key themes that you may encounter and have previously found challenging. Among the topics covered by the app, clinical decision support is provided on managing hyperglycaemia, issues to consider when managing the older person with diabetes, patients on steroids, discharge planning in diabetes and a full section on insulin, that covers types, safe prescribing tips, dose calculation and adjustment and insulin infusion use notes. Where relevant, reference to national guidance provided by the Joint British Diabetes Societies is indicated. Though much of the content is generic, some aspects such as reference to internal webpages and diabetes team contact information is for University Hospital Southampton only. It is possible for other trusts who subscribe to MicroGuide to make the format and content of the app more bespoke to their local needs.
Dr Partha Kar, associate national clinical director for diabetes for NHS England, said: “The NHS is at a juncture where we are looking for innovations while, in the world of diabetes, inpatient issues have continued to be a major issue to tackle. In that environment, DiAppBetes by UHS, launched with the MicroGuide platform is to be lauded as an excellent piece of innovation which needs to be adopted not only locally but across the NHS.”
Anyone is free to download the guidelines via the MicroGuide app. If you wish to include these as part of your own organisations guidelines please contact us here Microguide@horisonsp.co.uk