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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    First Aid Guide – Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)


    First Aid Guide – Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)

    Hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, is when blood-sugar levels fall below normal levels. It most commonly occurs in people with diabetes, but it could also follow an epileptic seizure or binge drinking. If you suspect somebody is suffering from hypoglycaemia, look out for:

    • Sweating and clammy, cold skin
    • Rapid, strong pulse
    • Faintness, weakness or hunger
    • Confused or strange behaviour
    • History of diabetes
    • Reduced level of response
    • Muscle tremors and palpitations

    You should also look out for a diabetic warning card, insulin syringe or tablets in the casualty’s belongings. The sugar content of their blood needs to be raised as quickly as possible, so help them to sit down. They may have glucose gel which you can help them to take, or give them a 100ml glass of fruit juice or fizzy drink (not diet), sugary sweets or 2 tsp sugar. Monitor to see if they improve, and if they do, let them rest. If there is no improvement, call for an ambulance. You may need to carry out a primary survey if they are unconscious. If the casualty is not fully conscious, avoid giving them food or drink, which they may not be able to swallow.

    Are you diabetic?

    If you’re diabetic and have been struck down by an episode of hypoglycaemia, you will usually have your insulin with you. However if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes and you have a hypoglycaemic attack, you may not know what to do, and be forced to rely on others to help you. If something goes wrong and you don’t get the help you need, the consequences could be serious. You may even be able to claim compensation if it can be proven that negligence occurred.

    Accident Advice Helpline is here for you

    When you need advice in confidence, at any time of the day or night, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We’re open 24/7 and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. If you do decide to go ahead, you’ll be pleased to know our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to pay. Because we’re recommended by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you’ll receive the very highest level of customer service from us. So pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today to discuss your claim with an adviser.

    Date Published: September 24, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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