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Inpatient Diabetes Blood Glucose Management

One third of hospitalized patients have diabetes.  The UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence has revolutionized Inpatient Diabetes Blood Glucose Management and has decreased length of hospital stays by 25%. 

This was accomplished by expanding care for all hospitalized individuals admitted with diabetes, as well as those getting diagnosed while in our care.  Proper training has increased the UMass Memorial inpatient staff's awareness of diabetes related issues. 

Our Goal = Improved Blood Glucose Control

No matter why you were admitted to the hospital or emergency room, the UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence inpatient Blood Glucose Management Service team can be consulted by your primary admitting hospital care team to assist with your diabetes care during your hospital stay.  Patients on insulin pumps or using concentrated insulins will be consulted on by the inpatient diabetes team in order to continue the insulin pump and determine appropriate insulin regimens during their hospital stay. 

Our focus is to improve glucose control for anyone living with diabetes who receives medical care at a UMass Memorial hospital.  Those getting diagnosed with diabetes for the first time will learn diabetes survival skills.  Prior to sending people home we coordinate medication prescriptions and follow-up appointments, including outpatient diabetes education.

Adult Inpatient Diabetes Care at UMass Memorial Hospitals

Asem Ali, MD Leslie J. Domalik, MD
Elizabeth Dickinson, MS, FNP-C Jessin Varghese, MS, FNP-BC

Inpatient Diabetes Education for UMass Memorial Patients

The UMass Memorial Department of Pharmacy Services assists the inpatient Blood Glucose Management Service to determine insurance coverage and need for prior authorization for diabetes medications for discharge.  The Blood Glucose Management Service will provide or oversee basic diabetes survival skills to allow for safe discharge.  Formal diabetes education will then be scheduled as an outpatient to enhance these skills and empower patients to fully participate in their diabetes care.

Blood Glucose Management Program at UMass Memorial Hospitals

Whether newly diagnosed or currently living with diabetes, it's essential to establish a clear understanding of the disease and how to best manage it with insulin and/or oral medication.  Regardless of the reason for hospitalization, anyone living with diabetes receives the most up-to-date treatment options and diabetes education survival skills, including insulin administration and blood glucose monitoring training.  Patients are taught using their own blood glucose meters, when possible, and insulin delivery methods to be used when they return home.

Clinical Trials Available at the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence

The UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence offers all diabetes patients the opportunity to partake in our clinical trials to help reach desired goals and outcomes.

Follow-up Care

Our inpatient diabetes care team works with your primary care physician, or if necessary, helps to identify a health care provider if you don't already have one.  Prior to transitioning home, we schedule all follow-up outpatient appointments to ensure the necessary care after your hospital stay.