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Hypoglycemia (What to do)

If the Capillary Glycemia is between 50 mg/dl and 70 mg/dl

Anticipate the meal (lunch or dinner) or offer a snack (example: milk + sandwich w/cheese and margarine).

 

If the Capillary Glycemia is lower than 50 mg/dl

 

Conscious (awake)

Offer some sugary liquid with approximately 15 grams of CHO (1 tablespoon of sugar dissolved in ½ glass of water, or ½ glass of regular soda or fruit juice, or 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 glucose sachet.

Repeat test after 10/15 minutes. If glycemia is higher than 50 or the symptoms improve, anticipate next meal. If glycemia is lower or equal to 50 or symptoms show no improvement, repeat the sugary liquid.

 

Unconscious (not responding, very sleepy)

Grab (1 or 2 tablespoons of) sugar or honey with a finger and rub it on the inside of the patient’s mouth and gums or administer ½ to 1 ampoule of glucagon (Glucagen®) IM.

Repeat test after 10/15 minutes. If glycemia is higher than 50 or the symptoms improve, anticipate next meal. If glycemia is lower or equal to 50 or symptoms show no improvement, repeat the sugary liquid.

Once the symptoms improve, it is ok to provide a meal. If there is no improvement or if the patient has a convulsive crisis: seek emergency medical assistance.

 

Remember: hypoglycemia demands immediate action!

 

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