The McFarland Clinic Patient Education Department in Marshalltown, IA, is comprised of a dedicated team of nurses who work with patients on diabetes management and education and anticoagulation management and education.
The Patient Education Department has two diabetes educators on staff who work with diabetic patients on an individual and group basis, along with running a Diabetes Support Group. These educators work with patients to provide them with resources and education to help them control their diabetes. During their routine visits with patients, they address part of the American Association of Diabetic Educators 7-Self Care Behaviors:
- Healthy Eating
- Being Active
- Taking Medication
- Problem Solving
- Reducing Risks and
- Healthy Coping
The diabetes educators also work with the staff’s dietitian when their patients are using the iPro Continuous Glucose Monitor. They interpret the sensor’s data and offer suggestions to the patient’s primary care provider on improving glycemic management.
ProTime Clinic (Anticoagulation Management Service)
Under the supervision of the patient’s primary care provider, a ProTime nurse (anticoagulation nurse) meets one on one with patients who are currently taking Coumadin/Warfarin/Jantoven to assist them in the management of their medication. In order to do so, the ProTime nurses obtain a finger-stick blood sample, which is a fast and reliable method of checking the patient’s Prothrombin Time. The blood test result is available at the time of each appointment. Using physician-established protocols and information gathered at the time of each appointment, the ProTime nurse will adjust the patient’s anticoagulation medication, if necessary.
The ProTime nurses also provide ongoing education regarding factors that can affect this medication.