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How can I evaluate a hospital’s reputation for diabetes care?

There are three types of hospitals: city or county hospitals, private community hospitals, and hospitals that serve as teaching centers, usually affiliated with a medical school. But these types of hospitals are not mutually exclusive. A county or private hospital can also be affiliated with a medical school.

Talk to your diabetes care provider to learn about a hospital’s general reputation, as well as its reputation for treating people with diabetes. Discuss the steps you should take in the event of an emergency and agree on which hospital to use. Ask your provider where he or she would go or would send a family member.

You can also check with your diabetes educator or support group for further input.

How to Evaluate a Hospital’s Reputation

  • Are there endocrinologists on the staff?
  • Does the hospital have diabetes education and dietitians with expertise in diabetes on the staff? Are they available to both inpatients and outpatients?
  • Is there a diabetes education program within the hospital or affiliated with the hospital?
  • What other types of support services are available to people with diabetes?
  • What is the protocol for managing blood glucose levels in the hospital? Will you be able to do any of your own care, such as blood glucose monitoring?

 

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