Briefs: New Inpatient Diabetes Education Team; L&D Modernization Approved

Nursing Team Tackles Diabetes

Nursing has launched an all-diabetes, inpatient team to educate pediatric and adult patients and empower them to manage their conditions. They will also provide education for the nursing staff on diabetes management.

The team is scheduled to be here daily, including weekends, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. They can be paged at 8167.

Among the services provided:

  • *Introductions to diabetes care
  • *One-on-one demonstrations of insulin administration
  • *Tips on medication management
  • *Dietary recommendations

Nancy Jerger, BSN, RN, RD, LDN, CDE; Susan McLaughlin, BSN, RN, CDE;  Kirsten O’Block, MSN, RN, NP-BC; and Tracy Tucker, MSN, RN, NP-C, CDE form the team last month in response to the growing incidence of diabetes. Thirty percent of our adult patients have diabetes Type 1 or 2.

The quartet complements the outpatient education team in DCAM, newly increased from two to four registered nurses and dieticians.

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Certificate of Need for Labor and Delivery Modernization Approved

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the University of Chicago Medicine’s application to modernize and move the labor and delivery (L&D) unit to Comer Children’s Hospital.

Moving the L&D unit to Comer will bring mothers and newborns closer access to high-risk pediatric care, such as to the NICU. Construction is expected to begin in January 2015 and be completed by mid-2016.

“The modernization of Labor and Delivery will enhance our ability to deliver safe family centered care in an esthetically pleasing environment,” said Tracie Shelton, MSN, RN-C, Patient Care Manager of Women’s Care Center.

Read more on the CON approval here.

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