Diabetes Care: A Practical Manual

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Oxford University Press, Feb 19, 2015 - Health & Fitness - 512 pages
Diabetes is common, chronic, complicated, and costly both to the patient and to the state. It causes distress, disability, and premature death. Most diabetes complications can be prevented or reduced. Diabetes Care Second Edition is a concise and easy-to-read reference source for all aspects of care in the management and understanding of diabetes.

This pocketbook provides a step-by-step guide to diabetes care for doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals working in primary, community, and secondary care, particularly general practitioners, practice nurses, diabetes specialist nurses, junior hospital doctors, ward nurses, and pharmacists. The author draws on practical experience taking a common-sense approach to the assessment, education, monitoring, and treatment of diabetes across all age groups and ethnic backgrounds. There are detailed sections on helping patients manage their diabetes in everyday life, extensive advice on the monitoring and adjustment of glucose levels, and discussion on the preventing and coping with emergencies. Focus is primarily on the prevention, detection, and treatment of diabetic tissue damage, including heart disease.

The new edition of Diabetes Care - a Practical Manual provides up-to-date guidance on managing diabetic emergencies including hypoglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis, and new advice about diabetes care in A&E and the hospital setting. There is also an expanded section on using data and audit to review and improve care.


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Chapter 4 Diabetes education
Chapter 5 Healthy eating and drinking including management of obesity
Chapter 6 Urine testing
Chapter 7 Blood glucose and ketone testing
Chapter 8 Noninsulin medications
Chapter 9 Insulin
Chapter 17 Diabetes in women
Chapter 18 Diabetes in men
Chapter 19 Older people with diabetes
Chapter 20 Diabetes in different ethnic groups
Chapter 21 Work
Chapter 22 Travel
Chapter 23 Psychological and social aspects of diabetes
Chapter 24 Diabetes care in hospital

Chapter 12 Diabetic ketoacidosis DKA and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state HHS
Chapter 13 Exercise
Chapter 14 Diabetic tissue damage
Chapter 15 Diabetic foot problems
Chapter 16 Diabetes in young people

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About the author (2015)

Rowan Hillson, Former National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Consultant Physician, UK,

Dr Hillson was National Clinical Director for Diabetes from 2008 - 2013. She was responsible for working to improve the care of 2.6 million people with diabetes in England through the continued delivery of the National Service Framework for Diabetes.
From 1989 - 2012 she was a Consultant Physician with an interest in Diabetes & Endocrinology at The Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge where she established a successful district-wide diabetes service. She was awarded the MBE in 2006.
In 1981 Dr Hillson pioneered Outward BoundRG courses for people with diabetes, with the Outward Bound Trust and British Diabetic Association
She has published scientific papers and books on diabetes for patients and professionals, winning numerous writing awards.

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