Advancing excellence in Diabetes Care
Diabetes Care is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals with diabetes. We believe that an engaged and empowered individual is necessary to manage diabetes effectively and to reduce the burden of diabetes, its complications, and its costs.
Diabetes Care Group utilizes a comprehensive team approach that incorporates state of the art medical management and education to help individuals achieve superior diabetes outcomes in the most cost effective manner possible.
We seek to provide care in an environment of mutual respect, trust, honesty, and confidentiality. We believe that neither the health care professional nor the patient acts independently of the other and that both participate in the healing process. We believe personal encounters between health care professionals and patients are essential to the effective management of diabetes and care is customized according to patients’ needs and values. Finally, decision-making is based on evidence-based medicine.
Diabetes outpatient clinic
We provide complete and comprehensive evaluation, screening, monitoring and management for all types of diabetes. Our services include individual clinic visits with a physician, physician assistant, dietitian and diabetes educator.
Diabetes inpatient and perioperative management
Poor diabetic control and dysglycemia in non-diabetic patients are associated with adverse outcomes and longer hospital stay. Therefore, proper glucose control is necessary for patients undergoing surgical procedures and patients admitted for medical conditions. Therefore, we are assessing and managing those patients before, during and after operation in order to improve health of inpatients. This includes continuous monitoring and counseling, providing optimal glucose control and providing education on living the hospital.
Diabetes education programs
We are helping people with diabetes to improve their quality of life. Diabetes Education programmes will be delivered to diabetes patients at PAR Hospital for the first time in Erbil.
According to all guidelines (such as ADA, WHO, NICE) people with diabetes should have the chance to attend diabetes education programmes. They are regarded as part of the first-line in diabetes management and are essential for self-management.
These programmes are effective, evidence-based programmes offering a range of modules for effective self-management. Delivery is characterised by the integration of education with clinical management. They are delivered to groups of four to 12 patients.
Core to all modules are:
- A strong person-centred philosophy
- Adult learning theories
- An interactive non-didactic style of delivery
- Trained Educator
There are specially designed programs for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy and other programmes for special circumstances.
Some of the modules include the following:
- Understand Diabetes
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Meal planning
- Physical Activity
- Insulin administration and adjustment
- Management of hypoglycaemia
- How to prevent adverse effects
- How to take care of your feet
- Sick day rules
Diabetes Foot clinic
Amputation is a devastating complication of poorly controlled diabetes. The good news is that 80% of foot amputations in developing countries are from preventable causes. Our multidisciplinary team are here to maintain healthy feet for people with diabetes and to manage any foot problem. The team consist of a podiatrist, diabetes specialist, diabetes specialist nurse, radiologist, interventional radiologist and vascular surgeon.
Diabetes patients are recommended to attend annual foot clinic to have their feet checked by a Podiatrist (a healthcare professional who is specialised in foot problems). We are pleased to announce first foot clinic to open in Erbil at PAR Hospital and is run by a European graduated Podiatrist.
Feet will be assessed completely and will be stratified into risk groups (mild, moderate or severe). This will be carried out using latest approved methods and devices such as Vibratip, Neuropad, 10gr monofilament and Doppler device.
Patients will be given advice on how to keep the skin and toenails in great condition and to prevent foot problems.
Insulin pump therapy
Patients who are injecting insulin many times daily can use insulin pump instead. Insulin pumps are delivering insulin into subcutaneous tissue with a glucose sensor to detect hypoglycemia. Insulin pump therapy will provide better glycemic control, less hypos and improved quality of life in people with diabetes. Our staff will establish continuous supervision to those patients with clinic visits and by phone calls.