Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital

The Inpatient Diabetes Management Service (IDMS)

Diabetes is associated with increased in-hospital complications and inpatient stays. Furthermore, inhospital factors (including variable/no oral intake, or increased glycemic levels due to infections, glucocorticoids or immobility) increase the complexity of management both inhospital and at the time of discharge.

The inpatient diabetes management service is a new initiative of Westmead Hospital and the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, which offers an early management service for inpatient diabetes care at Westmead Hospital.

Aims include early notification from preadmission clinics/preoperative optimisation; early review during inpatient stay and timely postdischarge review prior to transition back their own physicians.

The service aims to make diabetes management services and advice accessible to all, and accepts referrals from allied health, junior as well as senior staff.

The service is also involved in education, analysing and developing protocols and e-systems that can be used for diabetes care throughout the hospital.