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Diabetes: An Introduction

Diabetes: An Introduction

Diabetes: An Introduction

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault
Maureen Sullivan-Tevault
on behalf of Pedagogy Incorporated

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$35.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

$ 35.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00
$ 35.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00
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Launch date: 25 Sep 2017
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Last updated: 12 Jul 2019

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Diabetes (also known as Diabetes Mellitus) is a chronic disease state, in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body does not effectively utilize the insulin being produced. The result of such events is that an increased amount of glucose remains in the bloodstream. This is known as hyperglycemia. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia can lead to numerous medical conditions, and, in extreme cases, can be life-threatening. Prompt, early treatment is the best way to control the disease process and reduce the occurrence of associated complications.
According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet (available through the American Diabetes Association), as of January 2011, there were 25.8 million children and adults in the United States with diabetes. Of that number, 18.8 million people were diagnosed, with an estimated 7.0 million people undiagnosed (yet diagnosed) with the chronic disease. Additionally, approximately, 79 million people were thought to be pre-diabetic.

The costs of diabetes, in the United States, are overwhelming. In 2007, total costs of (diagnosed) diabetes care in the United States, was $174 billion dollars. This number represents both direct medical costs, as well as indirect costs for such things as work loss, disability, and premature mortality). It has been estimated that the average medical expenditures for persons with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than that of a non-diabetic person. Factoring in the additional costs of care for undiagnosed diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes (diabetes occurring during a pregnancy), the annual costs of caring for diabetes in the United States is estimated to be nearly $218 billion dollars. Diabetes is an equal opportunity” disease, affecting both men and women, of all ages from infants to elders, and also affects all nationalities. In the United States, diabetes is ranked as the 7th leading cause of death. If current patterns continue, it was estimated that one in three American children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. Thus, it is critical for the health and welfare of our nation that we begin to understand the disease of diabetes, its implications, and what we can do to lower our risk of the disease and its associated complications.

The goal of this Continuing Education program is to educate all levels of providers on the chronic disease process known as diabetes, and to empower them to recognize their own personal risk factors. The program will discuss lifestyle changes, as well as overview medications available to treat diabetes. Additionally, the program will discuss medication conditions associated with diabetes, their treatment goals, and proper patient education. Finally, the program is written to enhance the practice of healthcare providers in all areas of practice, from acute care settings to long term care facilities. Specific guidelines will be outlined for the care of a diabetic patient in a variety of clinical settings.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1.Differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
2.Explain the pathogenesis of diabetes
3.Verbalize criteria used to diagnose diabetes
4.Discuss the management of diabetes
5.Identify potential complications of diabetes
6.Verbalize the worldwide impact of diabetes on the economy
7.Identify the criteria used to diagnose pre-diabetes
8.Identify the criteria used to diagnose metabolic syndrome
9.Identify the criteria used to diagnose diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
10.Identify the criteria used to diagnose a hyperosmolar,hyperglycemic, nonketosis state (HHNK)
11.Verbalize risk factors for the development of diabetes
12.Verbalize lifestyle changes to reduce/prevent diabetes
13.Discuss the Diabetes Prevention Program components
14.Discuss (uncontrolled) diabetic related complications
15.Explain the different types of oral hypoglycemic medication
16.Explain the different types of insulin medication
17.Discuss care of multiple diabetic patients in long term care facilities
18.Review principles of the Sliding Scale insulin administration
19.Discuss glucometer usage and troubleshooting techniques
20.Verbalize the 504 plan in relationship to school aged children with diabetes
21.Discuss CMS and Joint Commission (HAC and certification)
22.Explain the link between Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis in Long Term Care facilities
23.Diabetic patient care safety issues-insulin storage, bottle labeling, and hand washing
Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

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Maureen Sullivan-Tevault
on behalf of Pedagogy Incorporated

Maureen has over 25 years in Emergency and Trauma nursing, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, and Stroke Program Manager. In addition, she has also been certified as both a BLS and ACLS instructor, and adjunct faculty for an LPN nursing program. Maureen has also written nursing articles for the following journals: Nursing Spectrum, ADVANCE nursing magazine, and The Journal of Emergency Care, Rescue, and Transportation.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
  • 3.50 Hours
  • Georgia Board of Nursing
  • 3.50 Hours

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