London: Medication mistakes by doctors are making thousands of hospital patients suffering from diabetes vulnerable to potentially fatal low blood-sugar levels, a recent report has revealed.According to the report, hospitals in England and Wales made 3,700 medication errors in a week.If this one-in-three level of mistakes – which can lead to dangerously high blood-glucose levels – continued for a year, it could affect 208,000 patients, the Daily Express reported.During a seven-day period, patients with blunders suffered more than double the number of severe hypoglycaemic – or hypo – episodes com- pared to those treated accurately.Hypos occur when blood-glucose levels drop severely low – and if left untreated can lead to seizures, coma or death.“It is unacceptable for any person in hospital to receive inade- quate care,” Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said.“Urgent action is needed to make sure that general ward staff are competent in treating in-patients.”
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