How do I care for someone with severe hypoglycemia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
If someone in your care has severe hypoglycemia, you should do your best to make sure they adhere to their doctor's treatment plan. Especially in people with diabetes, managing the diabetes by careful attention to the doctor's instructions is vital to avoid hypoglycemia. Make sure you know where sugary foods and drinks, or glucose tablets, are located and can get to them quickly and easily in case of an episode of low blood sugar. Become familiar with the symptoms of hypoglycemia, and treat it as soon as symptoms appear. If the person you are caring for is experiencing very severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat, you may need to inject glucagon, so be sure you know how to do this correctly.

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