Diabetes Medication Errors


There are several types of diabetes, all of which require different management techniques. If you’ve suffered because of diabetes medical negligence, call upon our team of experts today.

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Diabetes Medication Errors

There are several types of diabetes, all of which require different management techniques. It is important that you receive the correct management for your type

Type 1 Diabetes

Where the pancreas does not produce insulin is usually controlled by monitoring blood sugar levels, injecting insulin, counting your carbohydrate intake, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. The regular insulins you would medicate with include Humulin, Novolin, Insulin Isophane, Insulin glulisine, Insulin lispro and Insulin aspart. Long acting insulins include Glargine and detemir

Type 2 Diabetes

Is where the cells in your body do not allow blood sugar to be absorbed and used as fuel. Your body then tries to cope by producing more insulin resulting in high blood sugar levels. It is also controlled by monitoring blood sugar levels, healthy eating, regular exercise and medication but the medication for type 2 diabetes includes Metformin, Sulfonylureas, Meglitinides and Thiazolidinediones as well as DPP4 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, SGLT2 inhibitors and in some cases insulin therapy.

Gestational Diabetes

You should be given a testing kit to check your blood sugar levels and usually you will be monitored more closely during pregnancy and labour to ensure the treatment is working.

Metformin or a derivative of is the usual course of medication though in some cases you may not be able to take this medication because of its side effects. In this instance you will be medicated with insulin.

Alstrom Syndrome

Is a rare condition requiring very specific treatments because of the complications associated with it. There is a potential for sufferers of Alstrom Syndrom to become hypoxic because of cardio respiratory complications. Medication would include Metformin but only where cardiac and renal function are carefully monitored and Glitazones as long as the sufferer has no heart problems.

Wolfram Syndrome

Key features of Wolfram syndrome are Diabetes mellitus, Diabetes Ispidius, Optic atrophy, deafness, renal problems and chronic fatigue. Usually Diabetes mellitus is treat using insulin and insipidous with vasopressin.

Medication Problems

Because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease it shuts down your insulin production therefore you need to inject insulin. Type 2 diabetes is not an autoimmune disease it is a disease caused by being insulin resistant. Taking the correct medication for your type of diabetes is important.

Sulfonylureas stimulates the production of insulin by the pancreas

Meglitinides are similar to Sulfonylureas

Thiazolidinediones reduces the body’s resistance to insulin

DPP4 Inhibitors prevent hormones being destroyed

GLP-1 encourages the pancreas to release insulin

SGLT2 effects the kidneys to lower blood sugar levels

Ketoacidosis occurs when insulin is withheld from a patient for some time, it is said that every diagnosed case of ketoacidosis can be avoided and is an example of inadequate hospital care.

You may have suffered diabetic negligence if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:

  • Examine you properly
  • Refer you for all the correct tests
  • Correctly interpret test results
  • Refer you to a specialist where required
  • Give the correct treatment for your condition
  • Incorrectly medicate your diabetes type
  • Give you the correct advice on how to manage your condition

How can we help?

Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.

Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.

Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.

Can I sue the NHS?

The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.

We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.

When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.

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