Inpatient Diabetes Management
One third of inpatients have diabetes. The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence has revolutionized Inpatient Diabetes Management and has decreased their length of stay in hospital by 25%. This was accomplished by expanding care for all inpatients with diabetes. Proper training increased UMass Memorial Medical Center inpatient staff awareness of diabetes related issues.
No matter why you were admitted to the Hospital, Emergency Room or Critical Decision Unit, our inpatient diabetes team works with your primary care team and makes recommendations for your diabetes care during your stay. We focus on improving glucose control in people with diabetes who are undergoing medical procedures at the UMass Memorial Medical Center. We also work closely with those getting diagnosed with diabetes for the first time, ensuring that they learn everything needed to leave with diabetes survival skills. We work to ensure that the transition home is smooth, by coordinating necessary medication prescriptions and follow-up appointments.
Our Inpatient Diabetes Care Team:
Elizabeth Dickinson, MS, FNP-C Jessin Varghese, MS, FNP-BC
Inpatient Diabetes Education:
The UMass Memorial Department of Pharmacy Services works with our diabetes inpatients to educate them about medication. This includes what is covered by your insurance, help with prior authorization if needed and ensuring that they have their medication at the time of discharge. This education is customized to the individual.
Inpatient Blood Glucose Management Program:
Whether newly diagnosed or currently living with diabetes, it is essential to establish a clear understanding of the disease and how to best manage it with insulin. Our diabetes inpatients, no matter what brought them to the hospital or ER, receive insulin training and education. We teach them with their own meters, pumps and insulin delivery methods.
The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence offers our inpatients with diabetes the opportunity to partake in our clinical trials as a way to reach their desired goals and outcomes.
We work with your current physician, or if necessary, help you to identify a health care provider if you do not already have one. Our inpatient diabetes care team ensures that you will receive the follow-up care needed after your hospital stay. Before you transition home, we identify and schedule all necessary follow-up outpatient visits.