What Should I Do If Someone Experiences Diabetic Ketoacidosis At Work?

Control of high blood sugar is important to prevent complications caused by chronic hyperglycemia.

It is important to attend to hyperglycemia since it can lead to a dangerous complication known as ketoacidosis that can result in coma and even death.

Ketoacidosis rarely occurs in type 2 diabetes, typically occurring in type 1 diabetes.

Diabetic ketoacidosis develops when you dont have enough insulin in your body.When this happens glucose cant enter your cells for energy.

Your blood sugar level rises and your body begins to breakdown fat for energy.

This breakdown produces toxic acids known as ketones, leading to higher acidity of the blood.

Diabetic ketoacidosis requires urgent medical attention and, alongside hyperglycemia and its symptoms, is signaled by:

Nausea or vomiting

Abdominal pain

A fruity smell on the breath

Extreme Tiredness

Drowsiness or confusion



Loss of consciousness.

First Aid Treatment for Severe Hyperglycaemia(Diabetic Ketoacidosis)

Call 999/112 for emergency help; tell ambulance control that you suspect severe hyperglycaemia.

It is September 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic numbers are rising worldwide!

As I have mentioned in previous articles myself and my husband Brendan have Type 1 Diabetes so are both in the high risk category when it comes to severe symptoms of the covid19 virus!

Since March 2020 my husband Brendan has been working from home in our personal home office where I had been working for the past 8 years on this Diabetes website!

I needed my own personal office space back so he created a new desk and set up my personal computer in our attic conversion!

My new office space for working on this website Diabetes Support Site

Brendan is a Master Data Analyst for a Global Pharmaceutical Company called Abbott!

Abbott’s vascular manufacturing facility in Clonmel where Brendan works helps meet worldwide demand for vascular devices.

Abbott in Clonmel focuses on improving treatment options for people with coronary artery disease, mitral regurgitation and peripheral artery disease.

Key products include:

  • XIENCE Alpine & XIENCE Xpedition – drug-eluting stent delivery systems
  • ProGlide, StarClose and Prostar , – products to facilitate secure closure of vascular access sites
  • Armada 14 & Armada 18–peripheral dilatation catheters
  • Omnilink Elite – a peripheral stent delivery system
  • Graftmaster – a coronary stent graft system

They work on timely advances and innovative technologies that have the potential to improve the way doctors treat people with vascular diseases.

There are steps you can take to help prevent vascular diseases:

  • Make healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting more exercise
  • Don’t smoke. If you are already a smoker, talk to your health care provider for help in finding the best way for you to quit.
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check
  • If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar
  • Try not to sit or stand for up long periods of time. If you do need to sit all day, get up and move around every hour or so. If you traveling on a long trip, you can also wear compression stockings and regularly stretch your legs.

Abbott is the manufacturer of many popular products in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular, diabetes, diagnostics, neuromodulation, nutrition and pharmaceuticals. Some of its well-known brands include Similac, PediaSure, Pedialyte, Brufen, Klacid, Alinity, Ensure, FreeStyle, iStat and MitraClip.

Brendan my husband main role is an expert in Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing. SAP, by definition, is also the name of the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software as well as the name of the company. … They develop software solutions for managing business operations and customer relationships!

As an ERP solution, it aims to automate key business functions in financials, operations, and human resources.

The centralized system enhances productivity, provides better inventory management, endorses quality, decreases raw material cost, effective HR management, reduce expenses and enhances profit!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave an emergency use authorization to Abbott Laboratories for a 15-minute test that should ease bottlenecks.Analogous to tests that detect HIV and influenza, the new diagnostic detects viral proteins, or antigens, that are unique to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Unlike conventional coronavirus diagnostics, Abbott’s test requires no specialized laboratory equipment. Abbott says the new assay will cost $5, and the company intends to produce tens of millions of the tests in September and 50 million in October.

By providing near–real-time answers on whether someone is infected, the novel test promises to let infected individuals quickly learn that they should isolate themselves and prevent further spread of the virus!

The recommendations, available at www.coronavirusdiabetes.org, offer tips on how to establish and maintain strict personal hygiene, minimize physical interaction with others, minimize risks when out in public, make work as safe as possible, establish a successful diabetes management routine and maximize baseline physical and mental health. The guidance is available in English and Spanish.

Make work as safe as possible: Work from home as much as you can. Look into modifications in work procedures to keep 6 feet distance from others. Adjust your schedule to avoid high-traffic times. As physical distance rules are lifted, advocate for flexible work options for high-risk individuals.

Set yourself up for success with diabetes management: Test blood glucose more often; your body may be reacting differently under these new circumstances. Familiarize yourself with how to check for ketones. Check for ketones regularly, regardless of glucose levels. Secure a sufficient amount of supplies, including ketone strips and glucagon. Maintain a routine of physical movement and glucose-friendly eating.

If you get sick, get treated quickly: Measure temperature daily with a thermometer and take heart rate with a watch. Track any changes. Never stop taking insulin or other medications, even when you become sick. Discuss insulin dosage changes with a health care provider. Know the warning signs of diabetic ketoacidosis!!!

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