Every nurse encounters patients with diabetes in the course of daily practice in hospital or in primary care. This portable collection of core knowledge and best practice in management of diabetes provides support for the non-specialist and a training tool / aide-memoire for the trainee / returner. The pocket reference provides a brief introduction to the main clinical features of diabetes, followed by overviews of daily management and self care, acute care, and continuing care and complications. Key transient issues for the diabetic patient are covered: steroid therapy, surgery, fasting, pregnancy and travel. All sections are fully referenced to enable further study of each topic covered. The authors have comprehensively updated the book to reflect latest developments, eg: emphasis on patient self-care; new therapeutic approaches; current views on blood glucose monitoring. Includes HbA1c conversion chart between DCCT and IFCC units.