Diabetes Care: A Practical Manual (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198705635

Rowan Hillson,
496 Pages
101 x 180 mm
Pub date
Feb 2015
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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.


1. Is it diabetes?
2. Assessing a person with diabetes
3. The aims of diabetes care
4. Diabetes education
5. Healthy eating and drinking (including management of obesity)
6. Urine testing
7. Blood glucose and ketone testing
8. Non-insulin medications
9. Insulin
10. Low blood glucose: hypoglycaemia
11. High blood glucose: hyperglycaemia
12. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic states (HHS)
13. Exercise
14. Diabetic tissue damage
15. Diabetic foot problems
16. Diabetes in young people
17. Diabetes in women
18. Diabetes in men
19. Older people with diabetes
20. Diabetes in different ethnic groups
21. Work
22. Travel
23. Psychological and social aspects of diabetes
24. Diabetes care in hospital
25. Local diabetes care
26. Links

About the author: 

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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