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02-13-2019 | Inpatient diabetes | Video | Article

Emergency admissions for patients using diabetes devices

Speakers: Pratik Choudhary, Lori Berard

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Diabetologist Pratik Choudhary and Nurse Consultant Lori Berard discuss considerations around the use of diabetes self-management technologies within the hospital setting. In this video, Pratik and Lori focus on visits to the emergency department (9:36).

Learning points

  • Circumstances that can lead to emergency department admissions in patients using insulin pumps, such as bent or blocked cannula, failure to replace cannula, pump malfunction.
  • Common presentations in patients admitted for reasons related to their infusion devices, such as: having to administer a high number of correction doses, diabetic ketoacidosis, hyperglycemia, and vomiting.
  • Methods of restoring normoglycemia in patients that are admitted due to a problem with their insulin infusion device.
  • How to assess whether the individual is capable of maintaining their diabetes self-management in admissions unrelated to diabetes.
  • What to do when the patient is not well enough to maintain their self-management.
  • How continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices can help treating clinicians troubleshoot problems and quickly assess the impact of other treatments on diabetes.

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