What if hospitalization is necessary?
Hospitalizations due to type 1 diabetes are rarely necessary in our patients. This is due to the extensive instruction and education we provide about diabetes and our 24-hour direct accessibility of the medical specialist or diabetes nurse . Admissions at diagnosis are only necessary in cases of impending dehydration and acidosis (10% of newly discovered diabetes). Admissions for starting an insulin pump / glucose sensor are unnecessary and often have the opposite effect because life in a hospital is completely different from life at home.
2 to 3% of our patients with diabetes per year
The admission rate at Diabeter is low (2 to 3%) and is well below the national average. If an admission is nevertheless necessary, we arrange it through a normal referral. This can be done to any hospital. Acute cases such as severe hypoglycemia or impending dysregulation (diabetic ketoacidosis) are general medical diagnoses and can be attended to and treated by a paediatrician/internist at any hospital, anywhere in the world.
Special agreements with surrounding hospitals
For the Rotterdam location we have special agreements with the ErasmusMC/Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and the IJsselland Hospital in Capelle a/d IJssel. These hospitals are extra well equipped and trained by us for our diabetes care. For Diabeter-Oost in Deventer we work together with the Gelre Ziekenhuizen in Apeldoorn and Zutphen. Diabeter-Zuid in Eindhoven has a branch at the Maxima Medisch Centrum in Veldhoven and works closely with the medical specialists there. Diabeter Groningen cooperates with the University Medical Center Groningen and the Martini Hospital in Groningen.