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Report from the 10th Anniversary St Vincent Declaration meeting. Main aims of managing children with diabetes. To ensure that children achieve: normal growth and development normal schooling and subsequent career goals optimal quality of life

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main aims of managing children with diabetes
Main aims of managing children with diabetes
  • To ensure that children achieve:
    • normal growth and development
    • normal schooling and subsequent career goals
    • optimal quality of life
    • age-appropriate diabetes knowledge and self-care management
main aim of managing children with diabetes
Main aim of managing childrenwith diabetes
  • To ensure that clinics get:
    • access to a quality focused computer programmes for easy data handling and surveillance
targets for glycaemic control
Targets for glycaemic control
  • Within 5 years:
    • 50% of children should have HbA1c values below 8%
    • 85% of children should have HbA1c values below 9%
    • no children should have HbA1c values above 10%
    • severe hypoglycaemic events (loss of consciousness/ seizures) should be less than 20 per 100 patient years
targets for glycaemic control5
Targets for glycaemic control
  • Re-admittance to hospital for recurrent episodes of ketoacidosis should be minimised
  • All children with persistent microalbuminuria and/or elevated arterial blood pressure should receive relevant management
targets for clinic reviews
Targets for clinic reviews
  • Over 90% of all referred patients should attend the appointed clinic review visits
  • Over 90% should have screening programme for complications at the age of 9,12,15 and 18 years at least and yearly examinations if the metabolic control is unsatisfactory or abnormalities are found
  • Any children with a HbA1c above 10% should achieve a 1% reduction of this value within a year
to reach the targets
To reach the targets
  • It is recommended that the

following should be available:

    • multidisciplinary paediatric team, specially trained in diabetes, paediatrics and adolescent medicine: paediatrician, nurse educator, dietitian, psychologist with easy access to podiatrist, social worker and hospital teacher
    • regular meetings of the diabetes team with the aim of establishing a quality circle to develop common goals and philosophy of diabetes treatment
    • 24 hour hotline dedicated telephone service
    • increased postgraduate education and training opportunities for the team
structured education programmes
Structured education programmes
  • Preparation of age-appropriate education programmes, adjusted according to needs of the child and the level of maturity and family support
  • Preparation of information sheets and guidelines for parents and children about how to cope with diabetes
  • Organisation of peer-related activities outside the clinic setting (like camps, support groups, etc.) to enhance the educational programmes within the clinic should be encouraged
  • Audits of the knowledge of diabetes and the theory of diabetes treatment among children and re-education as required
transfer to the adult clinic
Transfer to the adult clinic
  • Early or late transfer (14/18 years?)
  • Combined clinic (paediatric and adult team)
  • Transfer clinic for young adults
  • Optimal time for transfer is at 18 years in connection with end of puberty, transition from school to college or work, driving licence
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Transfer to the adult clinic
  • The paediatric and adult teams should have a common philosophy and treatment guidelines should be the same
  • None-attending patients should be reinforced to attend by their paediatric department
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