Hypoglycaemia
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Hypoglycaemia

Maggie Appleton Are Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Greenwich District Hospital

This article describes the causes, symptoms and treatment of hypoglycaemia. It relates to UKCC Professional Development categories: Reducing risk and Educational development

AIM AND INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of this article is to define hypoglycaemia and discuss its prevention and management in people with diabetes mellitus. After reading this article, the nurse should be able to:

Define the aims of care for individuals with diabetes U Identify symptoms and causes of hypoglycaemia

Suggest w'ays to prevent or minimise the risk of hypoglycaemia

Treat hypoglycaemia effectively

Educate patients regarding hypoglycaemia and identify when to involve the diabetes specialist nurse.

Nursing Standard. 10, 5, 36-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.10.5.36.s38

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