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First Aid 4: Diabetics
Welcome to the seventh monthly edition of FirstAid4Sight, a Basic First Aid guide into how to deal with minor first aid incidents.
In this month’s edition, we will be looking at how to deal with someone who is an unwell diabetic.
To treat a diabetic casualty, you will need to know if their symptoms are an effect of not enough sugar (hypoglycaemic) or too much sugar (hyperglycaemic)
TOO LITTLE Hypoglycaemic
They may be dizzy, disorientated and have a headache
They may be irritable, confused, aggressive and anti-social (drunken like)
They may be pale and sweaty
They may have a rapid and strong pulse
TOO MUCH Hyperglycaemic
They may be severely thirsty and hungry as well as go to the toilet frequently
They may be very restless and tired
They may have sweet, fruity smelling breath
They may have very warm and dry skin
They may have a very rapid and weak pulse
If left untreated, both of these conditions could lead to lack of consciousness, coma and even death!
This treatment is for someone with TOO LITTLE sugar (Hypoglycaemic)
- If they are conscious, give them sugar
- If you give sugar and they do not respond, call 999
- If they become unconscious, dial 999
This treatment is for someone with TOO MUCH sugar (Hyperglycaemic)
- In all circumstances, dial 999 and wait with the Casualty until help arrives
- If they become unconscious and you know how, put them in the recovery position
If you are unsure if they are hypo or hyper, it is best to give sugar
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Hi, I'm Becki From First4Aid. I have dealt with some wierd and wonderful first aid incidents so you will be in good hands if you come on one of our First Aid Training Courses in Coventry or the West Midlands!