New Options to Simplify the Treatment of Severe Hypoglycemia in Long-Term Care

October 1, 2021
Caring for the Ages

Margaret finished her rehabilitation session 30 minutes ago. She starts to sweat and reports that her heart is pounding, and she feels dizzy. She calls for a staff person, who enters with a lunch tray that was late arriving. He tries to get Margaret to eat. She refuses lunch and juice. She is combative by the time he tries to test her blood glucose. Her blood glucose is 39 mg/dL. The staff person runs out and returns with a glucagon emergency kit (GEK). He has seen the kit before, but it has been some time since he was trained on the multistep process to mix and inject it.