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What would you do to help a friend with diabetes who had inadvertently taken an overdose of insulin?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Diabetes

You first call 911.
Then basic CPR guidelines. Sometimes diabetic patients will have a special solution of sugar, but unless they told you where that may be or instructed you on how to use it, then this would be for naught. Stay with the friend until the medics arrive to keep your friend safe. Of course, this is one scenario and other physicians may review other scenarios on healthtap.

In brief: Diabetes

You first call 911.
Then basic CPR guidelines. Sometimes diabetic patients will have a special solution of sugar, but unless they told you where that may be or instructed you on how to use it, then this would be for naught. Stay with the friend until the medics arrive to keep your friend safe. Of course, this is one scenario and other physicians may review other scenarios on healthtap.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Treat & call Dr/911

If friend is awake and able to follow instructions, give friend simple sugars (regular soda, juice, glucose tablets) to eat.
Check blood sugars, and keep eating sugar to keep the bg > 150 mg/dl. Call dr for more instructions (save the Insulin vial or pen and the needle used so the dr know what type of Insulin and how much was taken). If your friend is unconscious, use glucagon pen, call 911.

In brief: Treat & call Dr/911

If friend is awake and able to follow instructions, give friend simple sugars (regular soda, juice, glucose tablets) to eat.
Check blood sugars, and keep eating sugar to keep the bg > 150 mg/dl. Call dr for more instructions (save the Insulin vial or pen and the needle used so the dr know what type of Insulin and how much was taken). If your friend is unconscious, use glucagon pen, call 911.
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