Physicians and nurse practitioners see patients every 3-4 months to evaluate their metabolic control. All patients followed in the outpatient clinics have access to 24-hour per day consultation with a nurse practitioner or physician. Clinics are located at Riley Hospital for Children and satellite clinics on the north and south sides of Indianapolis, Bloomington, South Bend, and Evansville, Indiana.
All patients referred to Riley Hospital with newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes mellitus are hospitalized for approximately two days of medical evaluation and individual instruction in basic survival aspects of diabetes management. More than 150 patients enter the program annually by this route. Parents begin participating in their child’s care from the time of diagnosis.
Patients are discharged when they demonstrate adequate competence in the technical skills they have learned. They are then followed by phone at least twice per week by a nurse practitioner until the patient’s blood sugars stabilize.
Members of the diabetes team at Riley Hospital play an integral role at Camp John Warvel, the American Diabetes Association sponsored summer camp. This annual week long, sleep-away camp for children with diabetes provides fun and educational experiences for children from 7-18 years of age. The camp also provides diabetes training experiences for medical students, nursing students, parents, dietary interns, and other medical professionals and individuals with an interest in diabetes. Pediatric Endocrinology fellows attend this camp, as it provides a unique insight into the lives of children with diabetes.