The FINANCIAL — Patients with diabetes need precise measurements of their blood glucose values for managing their condition successfully. Bayer HealthCare helps to simplify life with the metabolic disorder by offering technically sophisticated devices, which are easy to operate and capable of delivering reliable results quickly.
But for understanding social and psychological barriers that may prevent patients from regular self-testing, diabetes nurses are in a key position. Since Bayer HealthCare is committed to improve patient care, the company looks back on a long tradition of collaborating with the Federation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND). The pan European organization is hosting its two-day Annual Conference in Stockholm this year, which precedes the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
When it comes to motivating people with diabetes to test their blood glucose values, expert advice and psychological support provided by health care professionals both play a pivotal role. Apart from the diabetologist, the specialist diabetes nurse is the most important person for people with diabetes. They offer support and guidance for empowering patients to take over the decision-making role and control their disease in a self-determined way. Bayer HealthCare acknowledges their importance for optimal patient care and is keen to support nurses in areas such as education and networking. Each year, the company, for example, hosts the annual European Diabetes Nursing Symposium, which provides a platform for meeting experts, receiving continuing training and exchanging ideas and experiences with other colleagues in the field. This year, it has also announced the “European Bayer Award for Best Scientific Poster Abstract” 2010 in honor of the outstanding work of diabetes nurses.