The Australian and New Zealand Resuscitation Council has recently released a new guideline to support the management of diabetes in a First Aid setting.
The New ANZCOR Diabetes Guideline has consolidated a lot of existing practices as well as provide greater guidance on the amount of sugar to administer in a low blood sugar emergency, how to deal with an insulin pump and when to use a blood glucose meter.
It has also clarified the use of a hypo kit for parents and carers.
It is highly recommended that all First Aiders make themselves familiar with these guidelines. Below we have highlighted some key sections:
Management of Low Blood Glucose (HYPOGLYCEMIA)
Hypoglycemia occurs when blood glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL). Whilst many of us think of diabetes as being a problem of high blood sugar levels
An insulin pump is a small battery-operated electronic device that holds a reservoir of insulin. It is about the size of a mobile phone and is worn 24 hours a day. The pump is programmed to deliver insulin into the body through thin plastic tubing known as the infusion set or giving set.
Use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices
Make sure you stay up with the latest changes to First Aid guidelines by attending a First Aid course with Cardiac Safe every 3 years.