Inpatient and Outpatient Diabetes Services
Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot regulate blood glucose, or sugar, levels appropriately. As a result, glucose levels in the blood become elevated and over time, this can damage many organs of the body. While diabetes can't be cured, it can be controlled. Learn about diabetes symptoms and risk factors >
The medical professionals at the Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center provide inpatient and outpatient evaluation, treatment and ongoing education for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, as well as pre-diabetes conditions. The interdisciplinary team includes certified diabetes educators and nurses who work closely with patients' primary care physicians to work toward a common goal — to help patients lead longer, healthier lives.
Diabetes Acute Care Program
The Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital was the first inpatient diabetes program in the United States to earn a Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission. This means that the Hospital meets rigorous standards to control patient blood-sugar levels while they are hospitalized — whether they are experiencing diabetes complications at the time or admitted for an unrelated condition. This is important since controlling blood glucose can be difficult when patients are fighting infections, stressed or on certain medications.
Desert Springs Hospital has developed specific protocols, computerized technology and systems to provide diabetes patients highest level of care. For example, the staff use special tools to maintain tight blood-sugar control during patient hospitalizations, such as the Glucommander, a computer that works with an insulin drip to monitor patients’ blood-sugar levels.
Outpatient Diabetes Services
The American Diabetes Association has recognized the Diabetes Treatment Center's outpatient education program for 16 years for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
To help patients learn to manage their diabetes successfully, the Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital offers educational classes, as well as individualized appointments, (in both English and Spanish) on topics such as behavior change, goal setting, healthy eating concepts, carbohydrate counting, dining out, label reading, lipid, medication, stress and sick day management, benefits of exercise, prevention of complications and foot care. Special Gestational Diabetes Education classes are also available for women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy. Learn more about the Diabetes Care Education Series >
Peripheral Artery Disease Screenings
Peripheral artery disease (PAD), which commonly affects the legs, is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that can result from a build-up of plaque or fatty deposits in blood vessels outside the heart or brain. Because diabetics sometimes have reduced feeling in their feet and legs, they often do not feel symptoms of PAD and it goes undiagnosed and untreated. The Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital take a proactive approach to PAD and provides free Ankle Brachial Index screenings for patients.
Continuous Glucose Monitors
Physicians sometimes prescribe a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to help fine tune a patient's diabetes treatment. A CGM samples and records glucose measurements through a tiny sensor that is inserted under the skin. Once your testing is complete, a customized report is sent to the patient's healthcare provider.
Patients can learn about CGMs at the Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs Hospital, and have them implanted at the Center as well. This typically requires two visits and most insurance companies cover the service.
Diabetes Treatment Center Advantage Program
This program offers free and discounted services that can help those with diabetes live a healthy lifestyle. Benefits include coupons and discounts for diabetes-friendly products and services, an informational diabetes e-newsletter, as well as information about free quarterly seminars and health and wellness screenings. Learn more and sign up >