DIABETIC patients across Staffordshire are being given a passport to take a more active role in their own care.
A new Insulin Passport, which provides current medication details and a safety check for prescribing, dispensing and administration, will be handed to patients prescribed insulin at their next scheduled diabetic review.
The passport complements existing systems ensuring key data is available to all professionals involved in the patients care.
Dr Manir Hussain, Head of Medicines Management for North Staffordshire CCG said: “When prescriptions for insulin are prescribed, dispensed or administered, healthcare professionals can cross-reference available information to confirm the correct identity of insulin products,” he said. “This will improve patient safety and reduce the potential for medication errors.”
He urged patients to carry the passport with them at all times so anyone involved in their treatment had access to its data to ensure safe management of the condition and continuity of care.