On September 12, 2017, BON (Brokenhead Ojibway Nation) Pharmacy held a diabetes clinic. BON Pharmacy is owned by the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation and is located in Scanterbury, M.B. (approx. 45 min north of Winnipeg). The clinic was organized and operated by nurse Sandy Koropas (RN CDE), nurse Amelia Rigby (RN CDE), and pharmacist Lance Breland (B.Sc.Phm). Other key members of this clinic team were Lisa Laroque and Trinisha Wood who assisted in the preparation and workflow of the clinic. In total, 15 patients attended the clinic, to which 11 patients were given Spirit meters and supplies.
Lance Breland, manager of BON pharmacy, said “We had a good turn out for this clinic. We would like to host another clinic in the near future.”
Diabetes is a complex disease state that needs to be managed carefully. Therefore, early detection is paramount to gaining control over future complications. One patient who attended the clinic had an elevated glucose reading of 25.3 mmol/L. The patient was given lifestyle counselling and returned the next week with lower readings. This patient is being monitored and she is continuing to improve her
Another patient attended the clinic because his spouse was concerned he may be at risk of developing diabetes. This patient did not have elevated glucose readings, but appreciated the fact that this service is provided in his community.
In another example, a patient had been non-compliant with taking her oral diabetes medication for the last two years. The clinic was an opportunity to remind this patient that it is important to take the medications as directed. She was restarted on her medication and is now being monitored.
This clinic was a launching point to raise awareness of diabetes in BON community. One month after this clinic, the pharmacy has been filling refills of Spirit test strips for community members. This is a positive sign that blood sugars are being monitored in a community that struggles with the debilitating disease – Diabetes.