Diabetes Speak Up Research Paper

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Diabetes Speak Up
NR-224: Fundamentals

Diabetes Speak Up Diabetes is one of the most prevalent disorders among the American people. A brochure published on November 3, 2010 by The Joint Commission, “Speak Up”, lists five ways to be active in your care at the hospital, highlighting the fact that you don’t have to be a victim of negligent care. This brochure would be highly beneficial to anyone currently living with Diabetes Type 1 and 2, nursing home geriatric patients, diabetics going into outpatient surgery, or people with delayed verbal communication skills. Knowing your right as a patient and how you can participate in your plan of care makes all the difference.
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First, finding out how your diabetes will be managed during your stay in the hospital makes you an active participant by not having to rely on the nurses, and other caregivers, and by making them aware that you are a diabetic and how you regularly manage your disease at home. Secondly, always inform the caregivers of the prescribed medications you are taking and ask questions how any new ones will affect your care during your stay. Also, it is important to be prepared to stop certain medications before surgery, or simply know what to do if your medications are not given as directed. As a diabetic, nutrition is very important during your hospital stay. Informing caregivers about your diet may not seem crucial, but knowledge about how your foods and meals will be adjusted to help you achieve blood sugar levels within target range is. Knowing what will happen with your diet and significant changes that will be made before discharge ensures you are able to adjust to the plan of care. During your hospital stay it is easy to acquire nosocomial infections; the fourth step in this process is trying to avoid getting an infection. Speaking up as your caregiver provides treatment ensures he/she completes proper hand hygiene. This is…show more content…
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