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Physical education teachers’ knowledge of type 1 diabetes
  1. L A Halpern,
  2. J C Agwu
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Sandwell Hospital, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, West Bromwich, UK
  1. Dr Chizo Agwu, Sandwell Hospital, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, West Bromwich B71 4HJ, UK; chizo.agwu{at}swbh.nhs.uk

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All children spend a significant amount of time at school and therefore rely on school staff for help with their health care needs. The Department of Health (DoH) published a document entitled Supporting pupils with medical needs which advises that schools should have individual health care plans for children with medical needs.1 Physical education (PE) teachers are more likely than other staff members to face the acute complications of type 1 diabetes. In preparation for physical activity, a child with diabetes has to undertake self-care actions to prevent the acute complications of hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia. PE teachers therefore need to be trained regarding type 1 diabetes, …

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