A multi award-winning consultant featured in the latest episode of The Inpatient Podcast to discuss the use of continuous glucose monitoring in inpatient settings.
Professor May Ng OBE, an Honorary Professor and Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, joined our reporter Lucy Holmes for episode ten of the podcast to share her journey into the world of diabetes and thoughts on inpatient diabetes care.
During the episode, Professor Ng also spoke about some recent changes in NICE guidelines revolving around access to continuous glucose monitors and how this has affected inpatient care.
Professor Ng said: “It has been many years that we have been trying to fight for universal access for all people living with type 1 diabetes and some with type 2 diabetes.
“I really hope that the future of inpatient care and the recent NICE guidelines and the use of CGM in inpatient settings would be more adopted.”
She added: “I think we need more larger studies and more research to determine absolute benefits but the benefits I’ve said are improvement in time of staff, you might improve the burden of cost for example as well, but we may even actually improve quality of stay in hospitals by monitoring blood sugars continuously.
“This might then also lead to reduction in hospital stays but, like I said, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done in this area.”
Despite the benefits of CGM, Professor Ng highlighted some barriers involved, such as training and also recording, uploading and downloading CGM data in hospital.
The Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist also talked about the “substantial” impact of COVID-19 on inpatient diabetes care, both negative and positive, and research she believes is important, such as research into health inequalities.
To listen to this episode of ‘The Inpatient Podcast’, click here.