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.
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Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown