In the United States, diabetes has become an epidemic. More than 25.6 million people — 11.3% of our population — are estimated to be affected. Just over one-fourth of these individuals are over the age of 65 while less than 0.26% are younger than 20. And, it is estimated that another 7 million people are unaware they are affected.
This course is designed to provide nurses in clinical practice with an overview of diabetes, risk factors and signs and symptoms associated with a diagnosis of diabetes, factors to consider when providing care to a patient diagnosed with diabetes and practical steps that can be taken to encourage adherence to treatment regimens.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
- Define the types of diabetes.
- Identify signs, symptoms and risk factors for diabetes.
- Describe the roles of clinical and home glucose tests.
- Describe the importance of periodic and ongoing reassessment.
- Describe conditions to look for when assessing patients with diabetes.