Diabetic Emergencies

 A diabetic emergency occurs when the body cannot control the level of sugar in the blood.
If the level of sugar in the blood goes too low (hypoglycemia) or too high (hyperglycemia) a diabetic emergency can occur. Since hyperglycemia takes longer to develop it is less likely to result in a diabetic emergency.

What to look for: Changes in the level of consciousness, Changes in behaviour, Rapid Breathing, Cool, seating skin skin that is paler that normal, appearance of intoxication, feeling and looking ill

What to do: Call EMS/911. If the person is conscious and knows it is a diabetic emergency offer them a sugary drink. If their condition improves have them have a complete meal. Never give an unconscious person something to drink. To learn more take a Canadian Red Cross First Aid course.

As an Authorized Training Provider of the Canadian Red Cross, all First Aid Ottawa Standard and Emergency First Aid courses are recognized by WSIB and its Federal counterpart the Canada Labour code. Visit us online at www.FirstAidOttawa.com or at 613-225-2727.

Back to blog