How to Find a Good Diabetes Hospital

diabetes-hospitalUnfortunately, if you find yourself in a hospital due to diabetes-related complications, shouldn’t happen, though it does. If you are in a hospital because of nerve pain or circulatory problems, this indicates that your blood sugar control is not ideal. This in and of itself can be a depressing and stressing realization. What makes it worse is that hospitals, by and large, are not very good places for diabetics to be. Diabetics experience special dangers in a hospital setting, including an increased risk of infection and slower healing times if surgery is needed. There is also the important factor that your normal routine is deranged in the hospital—you may not be in a setting to maintain your diabetic log book, and you may not be able to put to use the variety of diabetic accessories that you are used to having as part of your day-to-day routine. Even the relatively simple question of diet and medication can become complicated in the hospital—with a lack of appropriate food portioning and potential differences in the type of insulin that the hospital has versus the kind you are accustomed to using. But there are some hospitals that rise to the challenge of caring for diabetic patients, and they have certain factors in common. It is a good idea to have a list of hospitals you prefer to go to before you have need of them, to be prepared.

U.S. News & World Report included a top ten list of hospitals that are the best at treating diabetic patients, based on a set of criteria. The best of the best included Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, UC San Francisco Medical Center, and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, with Cleveland Clinic barely out of the top five—but still in the top ten. There are specific qualities that make these particular hospitals the best; these qualities are what you should look for in a hospital if you’re a diabetic. The primary distinguishing factor is that these hospitals have caregivers who realize that treating diabetic patients is not simple—it’s complex. Caregivers at these hospitals closely monitor blood sugar levels and alert the staff that a patient is diabetic through the use of colorful and eye-catching identifiers such as wrist bands. They also adjust the timing and content of meals, and take additional precautions to protect the patient. They may also have close relationships with more than one diabetic supply company, which gives them access to a wider range of diabetic accessories than average hospitals keep.

In addition, these hospitals are more likely to hire a range of specialists who can work with diabetics, including multiple endocrinologists and specialists in diet and physical therapy. They also provide ongoing training so that caregivers know that, for example when a diabetic comes in with worsening congestive heart failure, it is prudent to check peripheral circulation in the legs. This is an especially vital consideration when taken with the statistical data that about 70,000 diabetics a year have a foot or leg amputated due to impaired circulation, infection, or other causes. By going to a hospital that has staff trained for the peculiarities of diabetes, you may also pick up tips on better lifestyle management options, including the names of competitive diabetic supply companies who offer the kind of diabetic accessories that specialists at these top hospitals recommend.

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