Diabetes Center for Children

Diabetes Technology Classes

Interested in insulin pump therapy or continuous glucose monitoring systems? CHOP’s Diabetes Center for Children is staffed with certified diabetes educators (CDEs) who can talk with you about what these products offer and how to incorporate technology into your daily life. Learn more.

Our Diabetes Center for Children offer the following classes:

Insulin pump therapy

Thinking About the Pump or Pre-Pump Class

This is an introductory class offered to families that have not yet decided to use an insulin pump. This class provides comparison and general pumping information. It is child friendly and offers reluctant children an opportunity to see pumps and try on an infusion set. This is an optional class but may be required by your provider. You will need a referral for this class. The referral should be written out to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) (not Endocrinology) and the service is called “Diabetes Self-Management Education.”

The Pump Class

This is a mandatory class that must be taken before moving forward in the pump program. It is recommended that only children over 10 years of age attend this class as the content is technical. You will receive information about various pump companies, and you can contact the sales representative of the pumps in which you’re interested. There is no charge for this class and no referral is required.

Saline and Insulin Appointments

These are mandatory one-on-one appointments to provide training specific to the insulin pump you and your child have chosen. The saline appointment is scheduled once you receive your pump in the mail. At the end of the appointment, you will leave with your child wearing the pump with saline solution in it. You will continue to use insulin injections during this one-week trial. Approximately one week later, you will return for an appointment to “go live” with insulin. No referrals are needed for these two trainings.

Advanced Pump Class

This class will be recommended by your provider after you have been using the pump. This class addresses advanced features of the pump and their practical uses for your family. New technologies and continuous glucose monitors will also be discussed. This is a technical class, it is recommended that only children over 10 years of age attend. There is no charge for this class so no referral is needed.

Continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS)

Please discuss the use of a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) with your provider. If you wear an insulin pump, you should attend Advanced Pump Class (described above) to help you decide which sensor you would like to explore further with the sensor companies. There are two types of CGMSs on the market:

IPro

This type of CGMS, also known as the “short-term” sensor, is prescribed by your provider. This is a one-time sensor which you wear for five to seven days. There are two trainings, one week apart.

How to schedule training sessions

Please contact our diabetes education scheduler at 267-426-0271 to schedule two visits. If your insurance requires referrals, you will need one for the Wood Endocrinology Clinic, CHOP. Please do not get a referral with your regular provider’s name as you may be seeing a different clinician on the days of your visit.

Referral requirements

The referrals should be for: Follow Up Diabetes, Endocrinology Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The training portion of the visit is considered a procedure.

CGMS

The more traditional continuous glucose monitoring systems on the market, also known as “patient owned” or “long-term” sensors, require two trainings, three to four weeks apart. Each training will be about two hours long.

How to schedule training sessions

Please contact our diabetes education scheduler at 267-426-0271 to schedule two training sessions. If your insurance requires referrals, you will need one for the Wood Endocrinology Clinic, CHOP. Please do not get a referral with your regular provider’s name as you may be seeing a different clinician on the days of your visit.

Referral requirements

The referrals should be for: Follow Up Diabetes, Endocrinology Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The training portion of the visit is considered a procedure.

Contact us

For more information or to schedule a technology class, please call 267-426-0271 or email us at diabeteseducation@email.chop.edu.

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