General Care Program for Pediatric Patients
The general care program provides families and patients with an understanding of type I diabetes and encourages their confidence in its day-to-day management. The expectation is that by the time patients are ready to leave home for college or the work force, they will have the ability to manage their own blood sugars. Present evidence strongly suggests that consistent blood sugar control greatly diminishes the chances of long-term eye and kidney complications. Our pediatric endocrinologists participate in DirecNet, which investigates improvements in glucose monitoring technology by following patients in clinical trials at our Center. Together with the Adult Clinic, the BDC has been a driving force in diabetes care in the development of new technology for insulin delivery systems and blood glucose monitoring with the goal of constantly improving the management of type 1 diabetes (T1DM) in children and improving long-term outcomes in patients worldwide.
New Onset Classes
Newly diagnosed patients are referred to the Barbara Davis Center from all over Colorado as well as from neighboring states throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Newly diagnosed patients and their families are given intensive and comprehensive individual training, care, and counseling on a day-to-day basis from clinical care team members. Once a week, a half-day, new-onset class is held for newly diagnosed patients and their families. Newly diagnosed patients continue to be followed intensively, with daily contact if needed, until the patient and family are comfortable with their care and in good control. Most patients will eventually be seen routinely four times a year. However, providers and help are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for changes in regimens, emergencies, and illnesses.
All newly diagnosed patients and their families receive a copy of the “Pink Panther” - First Book for Understanding Diabetes - written by one of our clinicians, Dr. H. Peter Chase, available both for purchase and online. The Pink Panther series includes multiple editions, a new Spanish version, and a book written especially for very young patients, as well as a book for new insulin pump users.
The Pediatric Clinic encourages opportunities for continuing education, participation in local support groups, special outings and parties arranged by the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and attendance at annual summer camps sponsored by the Colorado American Diabetes Association. Many of our medical staff, as well as many other employees who have type 1 diabetes themselves, volunteer to staff the camps each summer.
In addition to individual family instruction, the Center runs a number of special one-day courses each year. These include the College Workshop, Grandparents Workshop, and "New to Clinic" Workshops. A national conference for health professionals on childhood diabetes is held every two years.
Many of the obstacles to efficient control of blood sugars are due to important difficulties with family psychosocial issues. The clinic specializes in this field and works with families both on an individual and group basis.
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Barbara Davis Center - Pediatric Clinic