Diabetes is highly prevalent in individuals with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Current NICE guidelines recommend diabetes screening of hyperglycaemic patients using a fasting plasma glucose after 4 days from admission. In 2012 the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved the use of HbA1c in the diagnosis and targeted screening for type 2 diabetes. We introduced a service improvement project using HbA1c for diabetes screening in patients with no previous diagnosis of diabetes admitted with ACS regardless of glycaemic state.
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