The Check, Think and Act keeps health professionals and people with diabetes focussed on what they can do to keep blood glucose levels sitting on or between their targets. Using this visual tool has been a game changer for Aboriginal Health Workers, Disability support workers, nurses, pharmacists, diabetes educators and other health professionals when working with people with diabetes. That’s because it clearly shows the target blood glucose levels and the actions that bring levels up and down and when it is time to see their doctor for a review Give people a copy to take home and they are more likely to act on the glucose levels they take.
The Check, Think and Act is a colour, A4 sized paper resource designed by Jayne Lehmann to make it faster, easier and more effective to help people to understand what their blood glucose levels mean and the actions that can be taken to keep the levels in the healthy range for longer.
Once purchased, an email will be sent to you to click on the hyperlinked name of the resource to download it from this website. Easy to follow instructions are included to show you how to use it as both a teaching resource (once laminated) and take home patient handout.
It is designed to simplify the process by using the number on the meter before the decimal place. This is matched to one of two number lines (before or 2 hours after a meal, to see if it is low (red), in the healthy range (green) or high (orange). Underneath the colour sections are actions the person can take to get their numbers back into the healthy range. The handout reminds people to check the number, think about what it means and then act on it for good diabetes health and wellbeing.
Nurse Practitioner Toni Slotnes- O’Brien uses the Check, Think and Act in her practice and here’s what she has to say about it:
“I have found this to be a great teaching tool in my practice as many people appreciate different forms of teaching. This ticks the box for a visual tool to use when educating about blood glucose levels. I highly recommend it!”
Limited Copyright Agreement: Included in the purchase price for health professionals of the Check, Think and Act resource is a limited copyright agreement for use of the resource with people with diabetes seen in the course of the purchasers’ diabetes care and support role. Copies of the Check, Think and Act can be made for patient education purposes, with the provision of copies only to individuals with diabetes. The resource can not be sold or replicated for use by other health professionals without the payment of the purchase fee from this website.
“While nothing replaces face-to-face info demonstrated by a HP, the Check, Think & Act resource has enabled me to supply a take-home, adaptable & comprehensive chart for SMBG technique & interpretation. It is well known that the recall ability after visits is 20-50% and depends on amount of info provided & usually 50% of the info is remembered incorrectly – it is our duty of care to use multiple formats to ensure success. Thanks Jayne, well done. Trish Riley (DE Pharmacist) ”