Recognition and nursing management of diabetes in children
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Recognition and nursing management of diabetes in children

Polly Teuten Foundation year one doctor, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
Sharon Holt Advanced nurse practitioner in children’s diabetes, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, Slough
Sujata Edate Consultant paediatrician, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham, Slough
Siba Prosad Paul Consultant paediatrician, Torbay Hospital, Paediatrics, Torquay, Devon

Diabetes mellitus is a common condition in children, characterised by chronic hyperglycaemia resulting from an absolute insulin deficiency. It can present in various ways, and hospital admission may result from complications related to previously diagnosed diabetes, or from a new diagnosis. To raise awareness of the condition, Diabetes UK has launched the 4Ts campaign, which highlights the four most common symptoms of diabetes. This article discusses the different clinical presentations, diagnosis and management of children with diabetes, and includes two case studies to illustrate some of the challenges faced by emergency department nurses.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 8, 26-32. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1610


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 June 2016

Accepted: 02 August 2016

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