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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 include:

  • 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.


More videos in this series:

  1. Hospitalized patients that use continuous glucose monitoring devices and insulin dosing apps.
  2. Hospitalized patients using insulin pumps.
  3. Emergency admissions for patients using diabetes devices.
  4. Hospital admissions for surgery or radiology in patients using diabetes devices.
  5. Diabetes device use in women admitted to the maternity ward.

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