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Knowledge of carbohydrate counting and insulin dose calculations among hospital staff in a regional general paediatrics unit

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dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Jennifer R
dc.contributor.author O'Leary, Orla
dc.contributor.author Finner, Natalie
dc.contributor.author Quinn, Anne
dc.contributor.author O'Gorman, Clodagh S.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-31T14:46:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-31T14:46:46Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4996
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to assess the carbohydrate and insulin knowledge of the staff at Children’s Ark at the University Hospital, Limerick. Carbohydrate counting and insulin dose calculations based on carbohydrates and blood sugars are integral to intensive insulin management of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). The PedCarbQuiz, a validated questionnaire, was modified, and applied to the staff on our general paediatrics ward. 48/70 eligible staff responded (rate 68 %). Overall knowledge was good: 75.5 % was the average score for correctly identifying foods containing carbohydrate. However, poor scores were obtained for calculating multiple items and meal values (average score 29 %), and exact values of insulin required (average score 38 %). These results highlight the need for re-education among staff on a general paediatrics ward, to empower ward staff to contribute effectively to the education and management of patients with T1DM. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SpringerOpen en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SpringerPlus;4: 727
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40064-015-1469-6
dc.subject carbohydrate counting and insulin dose calculations en_US
dc.subject blood sugar en_US
dc.subject diabetes en_US
dc.title Knowledge of carbohydrate counting and insulin dose calculations among hospital staff in a regional general paediatrics unit en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s40064-015-1469-6
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1629387


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