…..ambulance. If unconscious, place them on their side and continually check to ensure they are breathing normally. If they recover, the person should be given something to eat to maintain their blood sugar glucose levels. Bread, fruit, yoghurt (not the diet varieties) are all good solutions.
If a person uses an insulin pump, it should not be touched by a first aider; treat them as advised previously. A family member may be trained in the administration of glucagon by injection. This action will likely be part of a management plan which the family member should follow.
Where glucose tablets are not available, jelly beans or similar sugary items, including sugary drinks, will improve their levels. Sugar-free alternatives, diet or low-calorie products will prove ineffective. Honey, fruit juice or sugar on its own or dissolved in warm water would all be effective alternatives.
For more information & support check out Diabetes New Zealand at: https://www.diabetes.org.nz
Tomorrow we will continue to look at managing a diabetic emergency….
Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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