• Course

8 hours


Unit 4: Management of complications

Upon completion of this course, you should:

  • Understand how to identify, differentiate and manage acute complications of diabetes
  • Have learned how to identify hypoglycaemia and its management
  • Understand the pathophysiology, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy
  • Understand the management of diabetic nephropathy
  • Have learned how to screen neuropathy with simple clinical tests
  • Have identified high risk foot and provide advice about proper foot care practices and protective footwear
  • Have learned more about drugs used to treat neuropathic symptoms
  • Have learned how to identify and treat cardiac and gastrointestinal autonomic neuropathy
  • Know more about assessing the cardiovascular risks in a patient with diabetes
  • Have learned about the various tests available for screening and diagnosis of coronary artery disease
  • Know more about any special considerations needed while selecting antihyperglycaemic therapy in patients with diabetes
  • Understand the importance of foot examination and imparting knowledge about foot care to people with diabetes
  • Have learned how to assess the severity of diabetic foot ulcer in terms of wound infection, associated soft tissue, or bone involvement, along with the systemic features of sepsis
  • Have learned how to manage a simple ulcer with antibiotics and local wound treatment
  • Know about newer and advanced modalities used for management of diabetic foot ulcer
  • Understand the importance of identifying erectile dysfunction as a common and important complication of diabetes
  • Have learned how to investigate a patient with erectile dysfunction
  • Appreciate the link between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease
  • Have learned more about managing a patient with erectile dysfunction and know the correct use and adverse effects of Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors
  • Understand the importance of identifying and treating infections in patients with diabetes
  • Know more about diagnosing and treating common infections in patients with diabetes like skin infections, urinary tract infection, respiratory infections, and tuberculosis
  • Be more confident when investigating and diagnosing serious infections, and refer the patient appropriately.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning courses 8 credits, 8:00 hours This course is accredited to the combined value of the modules it contains.

Release date

10 Jun 2016