In the case of children with diabetes, education about this disease is very important, but also its proper control. Special tablets will help young patients with this.
Tablets, although mainly associated with entertainment, can also be useful in health matters, including helping children with diabetes in their daily functioning. This solution was implemented in the Department of Pediatric Diabetology and Pediatrics of the Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center in Katowice. He received 15 tablets. They were funded by private companies operating in the medical equipment sector. As doctors explain, tablets, but also other mobile devices, are currently the main tools that support and educate in disease management.
Tablets will help children with diabetes
Such mobile applications for people with diabetes make their daily lives easier, but also enable them to provide feedback to medical staff. They also provide the opportunity for interaction between him and the patient. The devices provided to children are loaded with educational materials and necessary software used for education, self-control and disease management. Tablets also have limitations that prevent them from being used for purposes other than those intended. A spokesman for the sites explained:
“More and more often, we encourage patients to read the records in person and interpret them, which are then discussed together with the team. Applications supporting self-control in diabetes are also used. Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to take advantage of technical education and re-education provided by trainers or equipment manufacturers.
Online consultations for diabetics
Patients with diabetes can also participate in online consultations conducted by the staff of the clinic in Katowice. During them, the patient sends data from the pump and glucometer via special programs. When he provides the access code, he can obtain professional consultation and specialist help. Although these are not formal consultations, they can be extremely useful in crisis situations.
Additionally, the branch is also on call 24 hours a day. In this way, patients in emergency situations can receive appropriate help around the clock. Sick people can also count on support in the legal and social aspects of diabetes, including the possibility of obtaining a disability certificate, but also applying for a family assistant or deducting tax expenses incurred as a result of the disease. Last year, approximately 15,000 such pieces of advice were provided.
What is life like for a child with diabetes?
GCZD specialists note that diagnosing diabetes in a child is a great revolution both in his life and the life of his loved ones. From that moment on, the little patient and his entire family must follow specific rules of conduct, which reduces the risk of acute, life-threatening complications, but also of later complications that develop slowly. “Weighing and quality assessment of products before meals, setting insulin doses, regular blood sugar measurements, living with a pen or insulin pump – these are just some of the limitations that the patient has to face every day. Therefore, patients diagnosed with the disease and undergoing treatment must remain under the care of specialized centers at all times,” said Wojciech Gumułka, spokesman for the hospital in Katowice.
The Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center in Katowice ensures that care for patients with diabetes is provided in a holistic manner. “Such care includes providing a full range of knowledge about the disease, self-monitoring, learning how to use diabetes equipment, as well as assistance in composing an appropriate diet. Education and re-education are conducted continuously, both in groups of patients and their caregivers, and individually,” added the hospital spokesman. Now “another building block” in this are tablets that will help children with diabetes in their daily functioning.