Table 7—

Goals of inpatient DSME

• Assess current knowledge and practices of diabetes self-management and how they impact patient’s health status and reason for hospitalization
• Initiate diabetes education for patients newly diagnosed with diabetes
• Provide information on basic self-management skills to help ensure safe care postdischarge
• Team approach with other health professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, dietitians, case managers, and social workers) coordinating care in the hospital and post discharge
• Provide information on community resources and diabetes education programs for continuing education
• The diabetes educator serves as a resource for nursing staff and other health care providers