Someone suffering from hyperglycaemia or high blood sugar levels needs to be treated urgently at hospital. Left untreated the patient may slip gradually into unconsciousness over a period of hours or even days. Those suffering from hyperglycaemia will usually exhibit the following symptoms:
- Excessive thirst
- Sweet/fruity breath
- Dry and warm skin
- Rapid pulse and breathing
- Drowsiness leading to unconsciousness
Hyperglycaemia is most commonly experienced by people suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes, although some medications and some other conditions can cause high blood sugar levels. If blood glucose levels are severely high, a medical emergency such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) may occur.
The casualty needs to be urgently admitted to hospital, so call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Monitor the patient’s level of response and reassure them. If they are unconscious, you will need to open their airway and carry out a primary survey to check their breathing. If they are not breathing, you’ll need to administer CPR. A patient who is unconscious but breathing should be placed in the recovery position.
Have you suffered from hyperglycaemia?
If you’ve suffered from hyperglycaemia, you’ll know how important it is that you be taken to hospital straight away. If somebody has failed to recognise the signs or call you an ambulance in time, the consequences could be life-threatening. If this has happened to you, you might be able to make a claim for compensation, and there’s a three year time limit in place for this. By choosing a reputable personal injury lawyer, your chances of making a successful claim will be increased.
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You need a personal injury lawyer you can rely on, and Accident Advice Helpline has 14 years’ experience in the industry. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, who you may know from television. Because we specialise in personal injury law (we don’t deal with any other area of the law), you know you’ll receive our full attention and we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. However you have been affected by hyperglycaemia, we can help. You can take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much you could save, or call our freephone helpline to see how we can help you. We’re open 24/7 and waiting to take your call.Open Claim Calculator