WHAT'S IN YOUR WORK BAG?

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR WORK BAG?

WHAT’S IN YOUR WORK BAG?

Let’s face it, we’re all a bit curious by nature. That’s why some people like to follow British royalty, and others keep up with celebrity gossip. Some of us may even admit to glancing at the contents of a fellow shopper’s cart or wondering what a friend has that’s SO important in that huge purse of hers.

In that spirit, this What’s in Your Work Bag? column is part curiosity-satisfier and part professional information-sharing. We’ll be mixing it up a bit in future issues and asking our Advisory Board members and readers What’s in Your Fridge and/or Lunch Bag (especially as it relates to meal ideas you can share with patients) and some of the Best Advice You’ve Ever Gotten—or Given.

In this issue, we take a peek inside CDE Heather Leclerc’s highly functional work bag (Heather, how big is that bag, anyhow?!).

A FEW OF HEATHER’S FAVORITE THINGS:

  • An abdominal model with infusion sets and reservoirs attached
  • Glucose tabs tube and refill bottle
  • Cake decorating gel icing tube—to show patients/parents what type to keep on hand for significantly low BGs
  • Vial of urine ketone test strips
  • Medical Identification
  • MiniMed® Mio® Infusion Set and reservoir—to show an example of an infusion set and reservoir “wrapped up”
  • Plastic-coated food models
  • A toy that Heather expands to show patients how insulin works at the cellular level. “I paid 25 cents for it at a yard sale, and I’m getting lots of mileage from it as a teaching tool,” Heather notes.
  • Four glitter tubes to entertain kids while in her office. (Heather adds: “The glitter keeps them engaged for about 5 minutes, until they are bored again!”)
  • Lip balm: “I need it everywhere I go. Lips get dry in the winter!”
  • Lotion: “See above!”
  • Fun pens: “If you have to write all day, it might as well be with a fun pen!”
  • Heather’s office provides all new type 1 diabetes pediatric patients with Dr. Peter Chase’s Pink Panther books
  • AND: Last but not least, Medtronic booklets—Introducing MiniMed® 530G with Enlite®, Tape, Tips, and Site Management

If you have interesting items in your work bag and are brave enough to share them with the world—or at least the diabetes educator community—please drop us a note at IntheKnow@medtronic.com.