Saint Peter’s recognized for excellence in diabetes education

December 4, 2015

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program, it was announced today. The award signifies that the program offers high quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs recognized for quality diabetes self-management education programs have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Renee Di Marzio, administrative director, department of medicine, Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high quality service.”

Assuring high quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the education recognition program. Through the support of the healthcare team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his or her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,600 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people age 20 years or older in 2013 in the United States. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Overall the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

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