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When is good enough, good enough?

Jun 6, 2010
 

When is good enough, good enough?

This past month I have been working on a CE/CME for pharmacists and physicians. The focus has been on diabetes control in the long term care and assisted living facilities. I started on this path because of a conversation with a former colleague who is now with a large LTC corporation.

We were discussing the value of basal/bolus dosing over sliding scale dosing in the LTC setting and how to convert to that system.

During our discussion it became apparent that most LTC patients are on a “just get by” diabetes management plan, and could certainly benefit from tighter control. She mentioned that in her facilities the main focus was preventing hypoglycemia, and often that was more important than good control. In addition she did not have faith in her nursing staff to calculate dosing accurately even with equivalency charts, and she was concerned that if they used the rapid acting insulin at meals by the time the food was delivered patients might be low. We quickly realized that all of the residents were lumped into one group that “could not do a thing,” but we found that many of her patients could do the testing and injections themselves and quite a few had counted carbs before they were at the facilities. This probably applies to our community patients as well. Too often we assume that because they are older that we only need to be good enough when they want to be better than good.

Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., has been answering your questions for the past few weeks, and she will get back to that soon but she thought that with the warm weather it might be a good time to give you and your patients A Little Nudge to Exercise.

 
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