(Atlantic) The Cass County Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center in Atlantic has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was originally Recognized in June of 2000. Recognition indicates the ADA believes this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The ADA's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, and 2007.
Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” explained Barbara Petersen, RN, CDE. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and is awarded for four years.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. Participants in an ADA Recognized program will be taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.
Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his or her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.
“This process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” Barbara commented. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs to assist them with their diabetes management.”
The CCMH Diabetes Center offers education and support to assist patients in managing their diabetes. Two certified diabetes educators (CDE) provide group and individual sessions. For more information, contact the CCMH Diabetes Educators, Barbara Petersen, RN, CED or Aubrey Molgaard, RN, CDE, at 712-243-7833.