Inpatient Diabetes Education
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, we are here for you. We understand that having diabetes can sometimes be a little overwhelming.
So while you're a patient at Salina Regional Health Center we want to help you and your family learn more about diabetes and answer any questions you may have. In addition to your physician and nurses, our staff includes:
- A registered nurse who is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
- A dietitian who is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
- Registered dietitians
What Diabetes Education Can Do For You
Research shows that diabetes education can prevent, delay or reverse some complications of diabetes. Diabetes Education can help you learn more about:
- The type of diabetes you have
- High blood sugar/low blood sugar
- How illness or surgery affects your blood sugar
- Diabetes medications
- How to check your blood sugar or how to make sure your home meter is working properly. We can also show you any new meters that are available
- Your meal plan in the hospital and how you can have a flexible plan at home
- How to prevent the complications of diabetes
- Community resources
- How to find out about reimbursement for supplies and medications
Diabetes Education Resources
While you're a patient in the hospital, anyone can request that one of our staff visit you about diabetes. We can discuss specific topics, answer any questions you have, and check your home meter to make sure it is working properly.
In addition, we have many educational programs on our closed circuit TV system that you can order free of charge using your room phone. These can be ordered to be shown on your room TV whenever it is convenient for you. Topics include: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoglycemia, insulin and use of insulin pens, kidney care, meal planning, and foot care. We also have a diabetes packet and numerous handouts on a wide range of topics.
Give Us a Call
We are dedicated to helping you improve your health, prevent complications and enhance your quality of life. For more information about our diabetes education program and support groups please call the Diabetes Education Department at (785) 452-7605.