The Taking Care of Diabetes at School module supports the teaching of diabetes-care skills.
Following the Government of BC's
announcement in October 2013 regarding increasing in-school supports for students with type 1 diabetes, BCCH Diabetes Clinic Staff was tasked with preparing materials to support the teaching of diabetes-care skills by pediatric diabetes educators to Nursing Support Services nurses (NSS) coordinators to train in-classroom staff ("train the trainer"). However, some of the learning module content can be used as a reference by in-classroom staff.
The resulting Taking Care of Diabetes at School online module was prepared by Sharleen Herrmann, RN, BSN, CDE and Cristina Pepe, RN, BSN CDE, with technical assistance from Andrew Dunn, BCCH eLearning Manager. They are grateful for the suggestions and feedback they have received from other pediatric diabetes educators and Nursing Support Services. They would also like to acknowledge the financial support of Child Health BC and BC PharmaCare for the development of this module.
The module consists of 4 major sections:
What is Diabetes?
Managing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)
Insulin Pumps at School
The topics covered are quite comprehensive and include:
- the difference between T1D and T2D
- causes of T1D
- treatment goals for children with T1D
- overview of T1D management
- blood glucose monitoring
- how insulin works
- effect of carbohydrates on blood glucose levels in T1D and carb counting
- effect of activity and illness on blood glucose levels in T1D
- age-specific diabetes self-care tasks
- treatment of hyper- and hypoglycemia
- insulin regimens: from simple to intensified
- insulin scales
- the concepts of a carb ratio and a correction (sensitivity) factor
- administering a dose of insulin with an insulin pen or a pump
- how to use the pumps' bolus calculators
- expectations of parents who have children with T1D in the school system
- lists of T1D educational resources
To get started with the Taking Care of Diabetes at School online module, click the link