Staff on Latest Standards of
Purpose of staff training:
- Expand and update skills
- Train new staff
- Cross train instructional staff
Why Update Our Existing DSME and Do Staff Training…Aren’t Off-Site Workshops and Seminars Enough?
We all know that ongoing staff training is essential for a clinical and cost-effective DSMT programs. Workshops and seminars are a great starting point in developing new skills for your RDs, DSMT instructors, billers, coders, etc. However they are never sufficient by themselves. Hands-on training for your staff, at your own hospital, clinic or practice is a must to help transform seminar knowledge into practice: that is, taking the newest published guidelines, ideas and findings and reformatting them into practical application and usable skills within the employee’s own worksite. Staff includes your diabetes educators and professional staff (RDs, RNs, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, etc.)
Training focuses on:
- Very latest scientifically-based guides from the American Diabetes Association and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Diabetes management standards of care
- Clinical guidelines and recommendation for the care and treatment of diabetes
- MNT evidence-based guides for practice for: diabetes (type 1, 2 GDM), hyperlipidemia, hypertension, etc.
- Patient empowerment approach to successful behavior change
- AADE’s new 7 self-care behaviors (patient outcome evaluation, tracking and measurement system)
- Special topics and issues related to DSME
- Teaching all 10 topics in the curriculum set forth in the NSDSME
- Class schedules to increase ‘show’ rate and enhance learning
- AADE’s 7 behaviors for diabetes self-care
- Continuous blood glucose monitoring system
- Instant A1c testing
- Pattern management
- Insulin initiation and adjustment
- Documentation of care and education*
Research suggests that when the following are used, documentation is improved which improves quality of care:
- Development of standardized procedures for documentation
- Use of structured standardized forms based on current practice guidelines
- Training of health professionals to document appropriately can improve documentation does
Why should diabetes care and education teams utilize evidence-based standards of care:
- In the medical management of patients?
- In the self-management education of patients?
Because standards of care have been proven to:
- Yield positive patient outcomes… they are effective
- Reduce health care costs
- Insure the right care, for every patient, every time
For patient-centered care, these standards are customized for the patient’s needs, preferences, culture, abilities, co-morbidities, etc.