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Diabetes Update

Vol. 8, No. 2 March 2008

Education & Research for Long, Healthy Lives


Inpatient Education in Area Hospitals
In response to the rising number of people with diabetes education often is provided in the Self-Management class and /
and the new JACHO guidelines for diabetes care in the or Intensive Insulin class.
hospital setting, Humphreys has increased inpatient diabetes Inpatient referral forms are available to download at
education at four local hospitals—Saint Alphonsus Regional www.hdiabetescenter.org and can be faxed to the appropriate
Medical Center, Intermountain Hospital and both locations of
St. Luke’s Regional Bike Event Benefits HDC
Medical Center.
All HDC patients are encouraged to exercise to help
You can make
manage blood sugars and to maintain a healthy weight. It’s that
a referral for
goal that has helped create a partnership with Gold’s Gym.
inpatient diabetes
On Saturday, May 3, 9 am-9 pm, Gold’s Gym Treasure
education regard-
Valley will host their 3rd Annual Spin-a-Thon, with part of the
less of whether the
proceeds to benefit
patient was newly
Humphreys Diabetes Gold’s Gym Spin-a-Thon
diagnosed while in
Center. Gold’s Gym Saturday, May 3,9 am - 9 pm
the hospital or has
will provide 80+ spin Boise Towne Square
had diabetes for years. Improved blood glucose control not only $25 donation per hour
bikes for participants,
improves postoperative outcomes, but lays the groundwork for Proceeds benefit HDC & the ADA
asking each individual
effective diabetes self-management.
spinner to provide a Information:
HDC nurse educators are available Monday through
$25 donation per hour Pauline Downey, 472-1055 ext. 6
Friday. We recommend a 24-hour notice to schedule the
on the bikes. paulinedowney@goldsgymidaho.com
patient and we strongly encourage arranging a consult before
As an incentive to
the day of discharge in the event follow-up consults are neces-
help promote exercise and healthy lifestyle to HDC patients,
sary.
Gold’s Gym is offering two 6-month memberships and four
Because hospitalization is not the optimal learning time, the
sessions with a personal trainer to the top two HDC patients
goal of inpatient diabetes education is to teach basic diabetes
who raise the most money.
survival skills including:
In addition, all enrollment fees from any business or organi-
• Brief overview of the diabetes disease process
zation who joins Gold’s Gym during the month of May will be
• Blood glucose monitoring
donated to the Spin-a-Thon fundraiser.
• Action and potential side effects of medications
For more information on this year’s event, contact Pauline
• Insulin administration with syringe and vial or
Downey, 472-1055 xt. 6 or
insulin pen, as needed
paulinedowney@goldsgymidaho.com
• Signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment of
hypo/hyperglycemia
• Sick day guidelines
• Providing simple, written guidelines and/or daily Education & Research for
schedules Long, Healthy Lives
Acutely ill patients, especially the elderly, require one-on-
one education with opportunity for repetition of newly learned Boise Office - 1226 River Street
tasks. Family is often involved in the education as well. Meridian Office - 520 S. Eagle Rd., #1229
Follow-up visits at HDC are encouraged to reinforce and (208) 331-1155 fax: (208) 383-0190
expand the education provided in the hospital. Continuing www.hdiabetescenter.org

HDC is a community program affiliated with Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.
Non-Profit Org.
US Postage Paid
Boise, ID
Permit #674
1226 River Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
Education & Research for
Long, Healthy Lives

Professional Diabetes Update HDC Patient Profile

Date: Friday, April 25, 2008 Kristin Repaci


Kristin Repaci was one of the
Time: 7:30 a.m. - noon
diabetes center’s early participants
Location: Humphreys Diabetes Center in research. Her markers for the
1226 River St., Boise disease were identified three years
before she was officially diagnosed
Cost: $30, includes breakfast at age 10, giving her a head start on
learning about the disease. Her
Agenda: mother Lynette Repaci, a
7:30 - 7:45 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast
pharmacist and diabetes educator,
7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Inpatient Hyperglycemia Management -
taught her daughter how to manage
Richard Christensen, MD, Endocrinologist
it. Kristen now helps teach other kids and families about
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. BREAK/EXHIBITS
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. New Medications and Intensive Insulin Therapy
the disease, through her volunteer work at Humphrey’s
Judy Davis, RN, BSN, CDE - HDC TrailNet research program and at Sweet Kids Day Camp
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Intensive Carbohydrate Counting each summer. Kristen likes to read, travel, hang out with
Julie Walker, RD, CDE - HDC her friends and play with her shih-tzu Sophie (pictured with
11:45 a.m. - Noon Wrap-Up & Questions her here). She is competitive swimmer for her high school
www.hdiabetescenter.org or 208-331-1155 ext. 32 team. Her message to other kids with diabetes, “You can
for registration materials still do anything. Just take care of your diabetes and
you’re just like everybody else.”
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