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The Hospital for Sick Children
Endocrinology

Newly Diagnosed Child with Diabetes

Program for Newly Diagnosed Child with Diabetes

  • Children with newly diagnosed diabetes should be treated and stabilized in an Emergency Room setting, as indicated
  • Children with newly diagnosed diabetes are admitted to the Diabetes Education Program once they are:
  1. Metabolically stable
  2. Off IV fluids
  3. Started on subcutaneous insulin

Stage 1: Diabetes Day Care (1 - 3 days)

Goal: Education of survival skills of diabetes

Patients are brought to hospital before breakfast and leave after supper. During the day, the following is covered:

  • Introduction of core doctor, diabetes nurse educator, dietician, and social worker.
  • Teaching includes blood glucose monitoring, insulin injections, management of hypoglycemia.
  • Communication plan is established.
  • Families leave with all diabetes supplies.

Stage 2: Basic Teaching (Weeks #1-2 Post Diagnosis)

Goal: Families can demonstrate knowledge of basic routines and insulin adjustment.

Stage 3: Advanced Teaching (Weeks #3-4 Post Diagnosis)

Goal: Families can demonstrate knowledge of illness management and other factors that may interrupt usual diabetes routine.

Stage 4: 1st Clinic Visit (Week #6 Post Diagnosis)

  • Follow up visits every 3 months (or earlier, as indicated).
  • Visits include contact with all members of diabetes team.