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1

What is Afrezza? When should it be administered? What is it used in combination with long acting insulin? What are some common adverse reaction and what is it not recommended for?

-rapid acting inhaled insulin
-administered at the beginning of each meal or within 20 minutes after starting a meal
-used in combo with long acting insulin
-adverse reactions: hypoglycemia, cough, throat pain, or irritation
-not recommended for treatment of DKA

2

What should we teach patients about when to test?

-how to test, use, and calibrate meter
-When to test: before meals, two hours after first bite, every 4 hours during illness, before and after exercise

3

What are the S and S of hypoglycemia?

shaky
fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
sweating
dizzy
anxious
hungry
blurry vision
weakness/fatigue
headache
irritable
(because of the release of epinephrine)

4

What are the S and S of hyperglycemia?

extreme thirst
hungry
dry skin
need to urinate often
blurry vision
drowsy
slow healing wounds

5

What are 3 ways hypo and hyperglycemia are the same?

hungry
blurred vision
headache

6

What is hypoglycemia?

-too much insulin in proportion to glucose in the blood
-blood glucose level <70 mg/dL
-can be mild, moderate, or severe
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7

What are the symptoms associated witht he altered mental function of hypoglycemia?

-difficulty speaking/ slurred speech
-impaired coordination
-inability to concentrate
-memory lapses, confusion
-double vision
-drowsiness
(this can seem like alcohol intoxication)
-this can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death

8

What is hypoglycemia unawareness?

a condition where there are no warning signs/symptoms until glucose is critically low
-related to autonomic neuropathy and lack of counterregulatory hormones
-patients at risk should keep blood glucose levels somewhat higher

9

What are the causes of hypoglycemia?

too much insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents
-too little food
-delaying time of eating
-too much exercise
-if high levels of glucose fall too rapidly

10

When should you begin treatment of hypoglycemia?

-if <70 begin treatment
-if patient has manifestations or history of fluctuating glucose hypoglycemia should be assumed.

11

What is the treatment of hypoglycemia?

-rule of 15
-consume 15 g of simple carbohydrates (fruit juice or regular soft drink 4-6 oz)
-recheck glucose in 15 minutes
-repeat if still less than 70
-avoid foods with fat (decreases absorption of sugar)
-avoid overtreatment
-give complex carbs after recovery

12

What are the treatments in acute care setting or if the patient is not alert enough to swallow?

-in acute care: 50% dextrose 20 to 50mL IV push
-if patient cant swallow or IV unavailable give glucagon 1mg IM or subQ
-then find out why this happened