Louisiana success stories

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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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EDC Graduate Talks of Importance of Action Plan to Meet Goals

EDC Logo Picture 6Lisa Carter attended Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) classes at Morehouse Community Medical Center (MCMC).  Below is an account of her journey with diabetes in her own words.

"I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013. My signs and symptoms were blurred vision, thirst and frequent urination. At that time, I had no knowledge about diabetes. Not only did I NOT have knowledge, but I also didn’t care about myself. I continued to smoke cigarettes, eat and drink what I pleased and I wouldn’t go to the doctor or take any medication...

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Lisa Carter is happy with the way the EDC program made an impact on her life. 
"On July 15, 2017, I was feeling awful. I slept all day and night, constantly drank water and went to the bathroom. That feeling continued for two consecutive days. On that third day, I told my husband that I needed to go to the doctor. He took me to the emergency room. The doctor told my husband that my blood pressure was high enough to have a stroke and that my blood sugar level was so high, I could go into a coma. I stayed in the emergency room for eight hours. 
The next day, I went to visit my family doctor. He talked to me about diabetes and its complications. I was ready for knowledge and wanted to be educated. He told me about a diabetes class called Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) that would be offered at Morehouse Community Medical Center. I attended the class taught by Melinda Jones. It changed my life. I learned about the different types of diabetes, how smoking affects all of my organs, the importance of exercising, meal planning, how to care for my feet and skin, doctor visits and to take my medication as prescribed. 
For me, diabetes is still a struggle. However, I am not going to give up. Thanks to my doctor (Dr. Carlos Hernandez) and my diabetes class instructor (Melinda Jones), I now know my numbers. I try to keep my blood pressure below 130/80. I check my feet daily for redness, cuts, blisters and sores. I have an eye exam once a year. My A1C, which I test at least twice a year, has been less than 7. My LDL (bad cholesterol) has been under 100. I track my weight and have seen small changes that have made a big difference in my blood sugar level. I also get a kidney test once a year. 
My most important goal was to stop smoking. I put my "Action Plan" into motion and accomplished my goals. Today, I feel great! I feel fine! My body is in line!" 
About Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC)
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.
Quality Insights facilitates free diabetes education classes throughout Louisiana as part of the EDC program. View a list of available workshops. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Melinda Jones, Quality Improvement Specialist, at (318) 235-3174 or mjones@eqhs.org
About Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network
Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with health care providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Learn more about the network.