Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Prevention of Hypoglycemia

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.


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