The implementation of a telephone-based program averted about 439 emergency department visits and 115 admissions among pediatric diabetes patients, saving more than $760,00, U.S. researchers found. Patients who used pagers had a 2.75 times greater likelihood of visiting the emergency department for diabetic ketoacidosis than nonusers, but were less likely to be admitted to the hospital, according to the study published in the journal Diabetes Care.

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