Diabetes

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Our team

You’re not alone taking care of your diabetes! Our multidisciplinary team is here to support you.

Our doctors:

Our nurses:

  • Catherine St-Gelais MSN, RN
  • Nancy Dumouchel Bsc. Inf, CDE
  • Sandra Kambites BScN

Our nutritionists:

  • Maude Lafontaine Hébert, B.Sc., Dt.P.
  • Lisa Piperno, Dt.P

Our social worker:

  • Dawn Davis, MSW
Diabetes teaching guidebooks
Blood sugar monitoring

Diabetes technology is rapidly evolving and so are ways to monitor your blood sugar. The following continuous blood glucose monitoring devices are currently available allowing you to monitor your blood sugar more easily and to pick up on blood sugar trends and patterns. You can also more easily share your blood glucose data with your diabetes team:

Freestyle Libre

Dexcom G6

Guardian Connect 

Blank BG logbook

 

Uploading technology

For the Dexcom, the Omnipod pump and the Tandem pump, use Glooko

For the Freestyle Libre, use LibreView

  • Code to share data with our clinic 83-17752
  • Explanatory video
  • Technical support : 1-800-461-8481

For the  Medtronic or Guardian, use Carelink

  • To share the data with our clinic, email the username and password of your carelink account to the diabetes nurses
  • Technical support : 1-800-284-4416

How to get the most from your devices?

  • Use event markers (amount of carbohydrates, doses of insulin and physical activity)
  • Review blood glucose data weekly. Include your child if he is old enough.
  • Make sure data is uploaded before each visit to the diabetes clinic or phone call with diabetes nurses.

 

School and daycare

Here is the link for the Montreal Children's Hospital School Diabetes School Protocol for patients on insulin injections. The same documents can be used for daycare. This is a general protocol that you can adapt according to the needs of your child. You can also find on this link the diabetes guidebook #1 and #2 which you can use to fill the school’s individual care plan. The guidebook #3 will be available by the end of 2020.

http://www.muhcpatienteducation.ca/childrens-health/section/diseases-and-disorders/diabetes-in-children-.html?parentID=158&sectionID=160

more complete school protocol is available on the Diabetes at school website

It is a bilingual website with multiple resources for schools and daycares. We recommend that you read it and start completing it before the meeting with the school or daycare.

Parents need to organize a meeting with the school or daycare at the diagnosis or before the start of each school year or when the child changes group at daycare. The school nurse should be present and key people from the school such as school director, main teacher, gym class teacher, child care services, secretary, etc.

Parents are responsible for showing the school or daycare how to do a blood sugar, how to give insulin injections, how to treat a hypoglycemia, how to use a continuous blood glucose monitor, etc.

Nutrition
Support

Diabetes is not always easy to deal with. Whether you’re a patient, parent, sibling or friend, you may find it helpful to meet or exchange with others who are affected by diabetes, to learn with and from them, or maybe even get actively involved in advocacy or research efforts!

Here are some useful links:

Preparing for an insulin pump

We’re happy you are interested in managing your diabetes with an insulin pump!

There are a few things to know and to learn before starting an insulin pump. Our team is currently working hard to adapt our pump start process to the COVID-19 situation. More information will appear here as soon as it becomes available.

If you want to start preparing yourself for a pump, here are a few things you can do:

  1. Let your doctor know you are interested in the insulin pump, and discuss with them if you are on the type of insulin regimen that allows you to easily transition to the pump.
  2. Learn about advanced carbohydrate counting (see Nutrition tab)
  3. Familiarize yourself with the pumps currently available in Canada:

Insulin pumps:

Additional documents:

 

Travel
Research

The Montreal Children’s Hospital and Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre are a real research hub, especially for diabetes in children!

Contact your doctor if you’re interested in learning about currently ongoing research studies and find out if you’re eligible to participate in any of them.

Better Registry

Contact us
  • Diabetes nurses: 514-412-4400, extension 22860 or [email protected]
  • Diabetes nutritionists: 514-412-4400, poste 22348/62380
  • Social worker: 514-412-4455
  • Diabetes secretary: 514-412-4436 or [email protected]
  • Emergency line (available 24/7): 514-412-4400, extension 53333; ask for the on call pediatric diabetes doctor
Refer a patient 

For new diabetes diagnosis:

Call the on-call pediatric endocrinologist at: 514-412-4400 ext 53333

For patients already living with diabetes:

Contact the diabetes secretary: 514-412-4436

[email protected]

Fax : 514-412-4264