Category Archives: Hypoglycemia

Question: I'm curious if it is recommended to take blood sugar readings on VSA patients? If a blood sugar is taken on a VSA patient, and the reading is < 4mmol/L (which may be quite common due to the sample being capillary and CPR not perfusing sugar to the extremities), do we treat with Glucagon or D50? What if we suspect the patient is VSA due to a diabetic event? Does the answer change whether I'm a PCP or an ACP? Thanks!

Question: This question is a follow-up to clarify between two questions previously asked- specifically, regarding advanced resuscitation in the setting of DNR, and treatment of FBAO in the setting of DNR. In the most recent question the DNR validity form is quoted as stating that chest compressions should not be initiated on patients with a valid DNR, while in the earlier question it was stated that DNR does not preclude treatment for choking. Should we come across this situation, would we then only administer 'Heimlich'-like abdominal thrusts and not proceed to chest compressions when the patient goes unresponsive, or should chest compressions be initiated until the heart has arrested and then discontinued (i.e. not proceeding to true CPR)?

Question: This question was addressed at the end of January but I'm still unclear on the answer. In our protocol is discusses DKA and the patch point for pts from 2 to 12 for obvious reasons to me. It does not discuss any patient greater than 12. In the past if pt was DKA and showing signs of dehydration we could do a 10ml/kg bolus, then it was changed so that we had to patch for this bolus.

The previous question was weather or not we were doing boluses for adults and it was not addressed. There is no talk of it in our latest protocols. Can we go ahead and bolus an adult in DKA who is showing signs of dehydration without a patch or even with a patch?

Question: Why do we have a mandatory patch point for pediatric patients (> 2 but less than 12) with a blood sugar over 25 mmol/l and suspected to be in DKA for a fluid bolus but there is no patch point for adult patients.

Question: My question is regarding fluid bolus for DKA. Past practice has been to initiate a BHP patch for direction to administer a fluid bolus. The most recent Provincial Protocol states that a patch is only necessary for DKA in patients under 12. Are we still required to patch for a fluid bolus for adults in DKA?

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