169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: 607-772-6269 Fax: 607-771-6280
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the body's inability to control its blood glucose (sugar) level. It affects approximately 29 million people nationally and when left untreated, can lead to long term complications. The Lourdes Diabetes Center team works with you and your physician to develop a management program of treatment and education for both diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Lourdes is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and affiliated with Healthways, the largest provider of specialized diabetes services in the country. This allows us to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services.
Diabetes education is offered in group settings and on an individual basis as needed. Our dietitians, clinical nurse specialists and certified diabetes educators work with your physician to tailor an education package that includes survival skills, monitoring, meal planning, activity, insulin, and oral medications. The Certified Diabetes Educators at Lourdes Diabetes Center will guide you through the process of creating a self-management plan that meets your needs and will be there to support and help you along the way.
Diabetes Education takes place at the Lourdes Diabetes Center. Classes are held Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Evening sessions are offered on certain days from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Most insurance plans cover the educational sessions. Call 607-772-6269 for more information.
Diabetes can slow recovery if you are admitted to the hospital for an illness or surgery. Our staff will make sure you get the special care you need while in the hospital.
Outpatient services gives you the information and support you need to control your diabetes:
- diabetes and pre-diabetes management classes
- food and nutrition class
- support groups
- starting insulin class
- personal sessions for special needs
In addition to the outpatient services, Lourdes Hospital offers a comprehensive program of screenings and additional services for someone diagnosed with diabetes.
- retinal screenings
- vascular screenings
- podiatric services
- wound care
- rehabilitation programs
Lourdes Offers Glucose Stabilizer Technology to Patients
Lourdes Diabetes Center offers the Glucose Stabilizer, the latest in diabetes management technology, to our inpatients. The Glucose Stabilizer is a computerized calculation software program used by nurses and doctors to quickly and accurately calculate the dosage of intravenous insulin administered to patients with elevated or low levels of blood glucose. This technology computerizes the complex calculations used to determine the proper IV insulin dosage and provides automated patient reports. This process improves a patients glucose control, saves critical staff time and resources by doing the calculations allowing for nurses to have more time to provide care at the patients bedside, and reduces potentially dangerous dosing calculation errors.
The benefit to having IV insulin infusion is a decrease in the time required to achieve and maintain blood glucose targets. It takes significantly less time to get a patient out of the glucose danger zone and into the target zone, resulting in marked improvements in patient outcomes.
Features and benefits for most patients include:
- Assurance that blood glucose will be managed toward a target range.
- Faster resolution of hyperglycemia.
- Less chance for hypoglycemic events.
- Better clinical outcomes.
- Less complicated hospital stay and fewer days in the hospital associated with diabetes care.
Learn more about Diabetes
Visit the American Diabetes Association Web site.