Hypoglycaemia: a case report

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most important medical conditions, in terms of morbidity and mortality, and financial cost. Hypoglycaemia is the most common complication of diabetes, and can also be associated with other conditions. The role of the paramedic in the initial assessment and management of this presentation is paramount. A huge number of hypoglycaemic episodes occur on a day-to-day basis, and the recognition of those patients requiring hospital admission is of vital importance. Through a case study, and a review of the condition, this article acts as a guide to the patient journey, from initial symptoms through to hospital discharge. We also highlight important issues such as prolonged hypoglycaemic episodes, and a mental health review of those who have taken a deliberate anti-hypoglycaemic agent overdose.

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