Severe low blood sugar is very serious. If it happens, loss of consciousness may occur. When a person’s blood sugar falls this low, they may be physically unable to eat or drink a rapid-acting source of sugar (glucose).
They may need a Glucagon shot—and you, a family member, or another adult will need to be ready to give it to them.
Call an ambulance if the attack is too severe. If the person’s blood sugar level does not improve within 10-15 minutes after giving glucose, if the person becomes unconscious or starts having a seizure, call an ambulance.
1.Over the phone, describe clearly what is happening.
2.Explain what you have already given the person and how the person has reacted.
3.Monitor the person’s airway, breathing and circulation. If conscious, reassure the person.
4.If the blood sugar level is still low, have the person consume some more glucose/sugary product.
5.If possible, keep the person sitting or lying down to rest.
6.Stay with and monitor the airway, breathing and circulation until emergency services arrive.
If they are unconscious, Glucagon can be given to them while awaiting medical assistance.
If you don’t have glucagon, emergency personnel will have some.
Do not give an unconscious person something to swallow as they may choke on it.
Glucagon is a medicine that’s different from insulin. It works by telling the body to release sugar into the blood stream to bring the blood sugar level back up.
The possibilities of severe low blood sugar and giving a Glucagon injection might scare you.
But it’s very important that you understand how to recognize symptoms of severe low blood sugar, and that you or the ones close to you are ready to give a Glucagon injection, if necessary.
You and anyone who may need to help you during an emergency should become familiar with how to use Glucagon before an emergency arises.
Read the Information for the User provided in the kit.
It’s a good idea to pack a Glucagon kit with other diabetes supplies when away from home.
To help you be better prepared, consider having more than one kit and keeping them in places outside your home where a Glucagon kit might come in handy.
Consider keeping one at school,at work, with close relatives, and wherever you spend time.
Warning: You may be in a coma from severe hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) rather than hypoglycemia. In such a case, you will not respond to Glucagon and require immediate medical attention.
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