Healthcare practitioners need to discuss hypoglycemia with insulin-using clients at every client contact.
Questions to ask include:
- how frequently hypoglycemic events occur.
- the time of the day they tend to occur.
- symptoms experienced.
- any patterns of hypoglycemia they may identify.
Discussions should include insulin actions, peak action times, prevention, recognition, and treatment measures for hypoglycemia. Clients should be advised to carry fast-acting carbohydrate with them at all times so that it is readily available if hypoglycemia symptoms occur.