The Diabetes Management Program at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas is a state of the art program focusing on behavioral change strategies for the patient with diabetes. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and focuses on patients with diabetes and dysmetabolic syndrome. The outpatient program consists of a one hour client assessment and nine full hours of class instruction. The diabetes topics are targeted as follows:
- What is Diabetes?
- Pathophysiology of Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational Diabetes
- Acute complications of diabetes to include Hypoglycemia
- Exercise and Diabetes
- Nutritional components of Diabetes and Carbohydrate Counting
- Coping with Diabetes
- Oral Medications for Diabetes
- Insulin and Insulin action in Patient with Diabetes
- Chronic Complications in Diabetes
- Heart Disease and Diabetes
- Prevention of Long-Term Complications of Diabetes
- Behavioral Goal Setting
The program here at Baptist Hospital takes an individualized approach for each person depending upon their identified targeted needs. Follow up is necessary and is performed six months after attending the outpatient classes.
In addition, inpatient diabetes counseling is provided for patients who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes or who have special circumstances for learning new skills related to diabetes. A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) sees patients on an inpatient basis to counsel on above stated topics after a full assessment is provided.
Community outreach is also available by our diabetes program here at Baptist Hospital. Out diabetes management program has performed presentations to several community entities here in Southeast Texas along with hosting a local American Diabetes Association walk at one of the local middle schools. On occasion, diabetes screenings are performed throughout Southeast Texas along with brief diabetes counseling providing handouts to reinforce information to patients.
For more information or to sign up for classes, please contact Helen Simmons, BSN, RN-BC, Diabetes Education Coordinator at 409-212-7295.