Torrance Memorial Medical Center was recognized once again for its staff and resources when it was awarded the Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care late last year. Torrance Memorial is one of 44 hospitals in the nation and one of only six in California-and the only hospital in the South Bay-that has earned this recognition for its efforts to promote better outcomes for its patients with diabetes.
"This certification shows our patients and the community that we are focused on and committed to providing the highest quality diabetes care and services," says Julie Semper, RN, MSN, CNS, diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Torrance Memorial.
The Joint Commission awards this certification based on staff education requirements-meaning the nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and medical staff. The commission also looks at a hospital's blood glucose monitoring protocols, its plans for treating hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), and its data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia. In addition, a hospital's patient education on diabetes self-management and a program champion team are taken into consideration.
"To achieve this distinction, we follow protocols and procedures to ensure that we meet inpatient standards set forth by the American Diabetes Association," says Semper. She points out the hospital's outstanding resources, such as the diabetes self-care guide, patient education videos, certified diabetes educators, diabetes unit champions and the outpatient diabetes education program.
"Everyone here [at Torrance Memorial] embraced our efforts to not only achieve certification but to really provide evidence-based best practice and care to our patients with diabetes," she adds. "And we will continue to collaborate with the team and various disciplines to make our program that much better."