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Quality improvement endeavors can often feel overwhelming, but chances are, you can learn from the experiences that another physician, hospital or nursing home has had in a similar situation. Coupled with support from Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, learning what has worked for others — and what didn't — is a valuable strategic planning component. 

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BINGO! Using a Well-Loved Game to Teach Diabetes Education in Louisiana

EDC LogoIf there’s one thing that Karen Ziecker loves, it’s teaching seniors about how to manage their diabetes. Because of that, she recently took a classic, well-loved game and turned it into a valuable teaching tool for Quality Insights’ Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. 
EDC Class Participant
An EDC class participant with a winning BINGO card.
“As we engage the seniors through EDC, we find that they enjoy a little competition - even at the Council on Aging facilities,” Karen Ziecker, Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights, said. “With all of our good intentions of deploying excellent modules of diabetes education, we find that Bingo is scheduled and attended above most anything. So as the phrase goes, if you can't beat them, join them!” 

Ziecker developed an EDC Button Bingo game to be used during DEEP training as a review and class sustainability tool.
Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) in Louisiana uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum created by the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
Example of the Button BINGO game developed for EDC classes.
“The EDC program gives me an opportunity to combine education with clinical skills, life skills, and creative skills to offer an exciting program to our seniors with diabetes,” Ziecker said. 
The EDC Button Bingo game is computer-generated and includes 25 Bingo cards with tiles of information derived from the DEEP modules. The "Caller of Tiles" is usually an EDC educator, which allows for easy reinforcement of the diabetes education information.
“So far, it is really working in my area,” Ziecker said. “Beneficiaries look forward to their beloved Bingo, I look forward to maintaining my class attendance, and it serves as a great review. And, it’s a good way to recycle all of those old, flat buttons that are typically lost in a drawer!”
As part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights facilitates free diabetes education classes throughout Louisiana. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Karen Ziecker, Quality Improvement Specialist, at (225) 926-6353 or kziecker@eqhs.org.