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Published on May 24, 2012

Diabetes Refresher Courses Available at Springfield Hospital

It is important as a diabetic to stay current with your diet, technology and current trends. A refresher course can do just that or energize your current program.

The focus of the Center for Diabetes at Springfield Hospital is to help patients achieve and continue blood glucose control by balancing meals, exercise and medication, when necessary.

Refresher courses are available with small class sizes for easy instruction. Classes are lead by a registered nurse and registered dietician both certified in diabetes education. Courses available include basic diabetes care, pump therapy, and intensive management. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and blood sugar logs, as well as your favorite food labels for an interactive discussion.

“We have had a very positive response to our refresher courses. Once you receive your initial diabetes education, it is important to continue monitoring your diabetes and receive continued education so you can make the right decisions for your health,” says Mary Jane McDevitt, RN, BSN, CDE, director of the Center for Diabetes.

The basic refresher course will “refresh” or energize your diabetes self-management program. In addition, it will update you on the newest in diabetes management as well as blood glucose patterns, exercise and medications.

The dietician will work with you to update your meal plan, put your carbohydrate skills into practice and choose foods that will positively affect your blood sugar and your weight. The basic refresher course is offered for two hours the first Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.

The intensive management refresher (IMT) course is a follow up to the intensive management program if you are on multi-dose injections of insulin or on pump therapy.

The refresher course will discuss blood glucose patterns and how to achieve better blood glucose control by utilizing all the tools available with an insulin pump. The dietician will help you update your meal plan and fine tune your blood sugars factoring in carbohydrates.

Although a person with diabetes does not need rapid acting insulin with proteins and fats; it is important to discuss keeping calories within target and choosing healthy lean proteins and monounsaturated fats to protect our heart. The intensive management course is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

The insulin pump refresher course reviews the basic insulin pump features and those advanced features to improve blood glucose control. The instructor will review sensors and downloading your insulin pump to improve control.

Insulin to carbohydrate and sensitivity ratios will be reviewed and updated, as needed. This course is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday on the month.

The Center for Diabetes accepts most major insurance plans. Many class registration fees are also covered by insurance.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes or to enroll in a refresher course, call (610) 325-8920 or visit

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