Hypos (hypoglycaemic events) are one of the most common complications of diabetes. They happen when blood sugar levels fall too low, and symptoms include blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness and difficulty focusing.
But how many healthcare professionals have experienced what it really feels like to have a hypo?
Now, for the first time, HCPs involved in diabetes care will get the chance to put themselves in their patients’ shoes at Diabetes Professional Care 2017 (DPC2017). A new Hypo Hub* feature includes a Simulation Station where, with the aid of a virtual reality headset, visitors can experience the effects of having a hypoglycaemic event first hand.
Alongside the Simulation Station, a series of Hypo Hub workshops will provide an insight into hypoglycaemia – what it is, how it impacts the lives of people with diabetes, the duty of care implications for healthcare professionals, and the financial impact it can have for the NHS and society as a whole.
The workshops include sessions on: ‘Patient perspective’, led by Dr Nicole Braham, Diabetes Specialist, Whittington Hospital; and ‘Definitions, reporting and the cost of hypoglycaemia’, run by Dr Pratik Choudhary, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Diabetes, King's College London.
DPC2017 is the UK’s only national free-to-attend, CPD-accredited conference and exhibition for healthcare professionals involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions. Launched in 2015, the event’s focus is on real-world, practical education and innovative diabetes healthcare solutions.
DPC2017 will take place on 15 and 16 November at Olympia, London. For further information on the Hypo Hub and other activities at DPC2017, please visit www.diabetesprofessionalcare.com