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Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Education Guide

We understand this is an emotional time for you and your family. There's an overwhelming amount of information to digest. The following videos will allow you to learn at your own pace. View them as often as you'd like and pause & rewind whenever necessary. 

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Welcome Video (Watch This First)

 

Pediatric diabetes nurse educators Emilie & Rachael and our entire care team will help navigate your journey living with diabetes.

Please watch the following videos in order:

1. Diabetes Introduction

Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas does not make enough insulin, resulting in high blood sugar levels. The two most common types are called type 1 and type 2. This video will explain the differences between both types, what happens in the body, and how we treat it.

2. Introduction to Insulin

Your diabetes care team will let you know what types of insulin your child should take and when. This video explains what insulin is, how it works, and the types of insulin available. You'll learn how to properly store insulin and how to prepare & inject it.   

3. Injecting Insulin

This video shows you step-by-step how to inject insulin using a syringe.   

4. Glucose Testing

Blood glucose (commonly known as blood sugar) levels will be checked at least 4 times each day. Your diabetes care team will let you know the optimal range for your child. Our goal is to keep their blood sugar within target range 75-80% of the time. Blood sugar logs must be kept and checked regularly to let us know if changes are needed to the care plan.

5. Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood sugar level below 70 mg/dl. Reactions usually occur quickly, so recognizing symptoms and treating low blood sugar is important to prevent a severe reaction. This video describes symptoms and causes of low blood sugar, as well as how to treat it.  

6. Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)

Hyperglycemia is defined as a blood sugar level above your child's target range. It's expected they'll have some blood sugars above or below target at times, but it's our goal that at least 75% of their blood sugars will be within target range. This video explains what causes high blood sugars, symptoms to be aware of, and how to treat it. It also describes a dangerous condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (D.K.A.) which can occur if high blood sugars are not corrected. 

7. Testing for Ketones

Being sick or ill could mean simply not feeling well (common cold), being very sick (fever/vomiting), infection (strep throat, etc.), surgical procedures (wisdom teeth extraction), or serious injuries (broken bones, etc.). This video provides important sick day guidelines and explains when it's necessary to check for ketones. 

8. Diabetes and Nutrition

People living with type 1 diabetes must understand how carbohydrates affect blood glucose. Injecting the correct amount of insulin based on how many carbs eaten during a meal is key to keeping blood sugars within a healthy target range. This video provides an introduction to carbohydrates, carb counting, nutrition label reading, and more.  

 
Nurse Educators:

Rachael Armenti
RN, CDCES

 

Emilie Cloutier
RN, BSN, CDCES

 

Jody Fleshman
RD

 

Kimberly Johnson
RN, CDCES

 

Allison Juliano
RN

 

  Chrystina Monero
  PhD, RN, CPNP

 

Nicole Sauvé
MS, Certified Child Life Specialist

 
Medical Administrative Secretaries:
Tara Molinari 
Jennifer Porter
 
Ambulatory Care Center Support Staff:
Jennifer Armstrong - Administrative Assistant
Sara Nugussu, LPN
Laura Rodriguez, LPN