ABC of Diabetes, 5th Edition by Peter J. Watkins

By Peter J. Watkins

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If that provokes night-time hypoglycaemia, then split the predinner insulin into two parts, retaining the short acting insulin before dinner and taking medium acting insulin at bedtime; or consider changing the medium acting insulin component to insulin glargine To lessen nocturnal hypoglycaemia • Reduce the evening medium acting insulin dose • Check that the patient is taking their bedtime snack • Check bedtime blood glucose, taking additional carbohydrate if it is less than 5·0 to 6·0 mmol/l • Split predinner insulin dose, or consider changing to insulin glargine For a detailed description of the use of individual insulin types, see chapters 6 and 8 Blood glucose monitoring: optimising diabetic control Infusion strategy • Initially reduce total daily insulin dose by 30%.

Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSSI) CSSI was introduced 25 years ago by workers at Guy’s Hospital in London, and now the development of more reliable and more sophisticated pumps brings distinct advantages in specific indications to approximately 2 to 5% of those with Type 1 diabetes. A small improvement in overall diabetic control compared with optimised injection regimens can be achieved without necessarily aggravating or indeed actually reducing problems from hypoglycaemia. CSSI is not suitable for those with psychological or psychiatric problems.

The unconscious patient should be placed in the recovery position, and the airway maintained. Blood should be taken for blood glucose analysis and the sample should be kept in case the patient fails to respond to treatment since the possibility always exists that the coma has another cause. Intravenous glucose is given using 50 ml of 20% glucose solution. The more concentrated 50% solution is highly irritant and should no longer be used. The response is usually immediate but if not, a further dose should be given after five to 10 minutes followed by an infusion of 10% glucose.

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