First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • Assess the ABCs.
  • Check level of consciousness.
  • If patient awake and able, give 15 grams of PO carbohydrate (glucose tabs, juice, etc.).
  • If patient has decreased mental status or NPO, give 1 amp of D50W IV. If no IV access is possible, administer 1 mg of glucagon IM.
  • Recheck blood glucose in 15 minutes to assess further need for treatment.

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Last updated: May 4, 2010