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Taking control of our health: An interview with Scott Greenstone

The American Nurse team is delighted to have had an opportunity to speak with Scott Greenstone, a registered nurse who recently shared his story about beating death with Healthcare Marketer’s Exchange. The American Nurse team...

Making diabetes education more effective

Is individual or group education most effective for patients with diabetes? A systematic review in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship indicates that each has a role. Individual education is most effective in reducing HbA1c, and...

10 years of inpatient diabetes certification— Lessons learned

Commitment and persistence pay off in improved outcomes. Takeaways Lessons learned and best practices from 10 years of Joint Commission inpatient diabetes certification. Changing inpatient culture and behaviors in diabetes care takes repeated data collection...

How Denton County is addressing the diabetes epidemic

The impact of diabetes is well known. In a little over a decade, it’s estimated 54 million people in the United States will be affected, up to 385,800 Americans will die each year and...

A new technology may better help control type 1 diabetes

A recent study from The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reveals a new system that has “improved glycemic outcomes in patients with type 1 diabetes.” The technology in question is a closed-loop system...

A potential change in the diagnosis of diabetes

A new article from Healthline reveals a potential change to the diagnosis of diabetes. Based on a study from Dr. Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreses at the City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute in...
gestational diabetes

Reducing barriers to glucose control in patients with gestational diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.2% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as a serious complication during pregnancy. A positive glucose tolerance test in the second trimester...
supplemental nutrition

Supplemental nutrition in hospitalized patients with diabetes

Continuing Nursing Education Learning objectives 1. Differentiate between enteral and parenteral nutrition. 2. Discuss how to manage hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in patients with diabetes who are receiving supplemental nutrition. 3. Describe insulin use in patients...

Beware of oversimplifying mealtime insulin dosing for hospital patients

It’s lunchtime. Three of your patients are scheduled to receive rapid-acting insulin in addition to sliding-scale insulin. Mr. Jones, age 87, has type 2 diabetes. His blood glucose level is 223 mg/dL. He’s on...

Fear of the low: What you need to know about hypoglycemia

Approximately 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Especially with the diabetes rate rising yearly, you’re likely to care for many patients with this disorder. Of those diagnosed with diabetes, 80%...

FDA approves new drug for type 2 diabetes

On August 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Jardiance (empagliflozin) tablets as an addition to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Read more.

FDA approves Afrezza

On June 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder, a rapid-acting inhaled insulin to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus. Read more.

Study: Higher Hgb or receiving EPO doesn’t improve neuro outcomes in patients with TBI

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin (Hgb) concentration through blood transfusion did not improve neurological outcome at 6 months, according...