Date Published

March 30, 2022

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


If you attend to an unresponsive patient with diabetes paraphernalia (glucometer kit, dexcom, empty bag of candy, etc) on them and your glucometer is malfunctioning, do you have sufficient cause to administer dextrose or glucagon?


In this rare situation, this would be a great use of patching to a BHP to assist with a management plan given all the variables/circumstances that are unique to that situation and cannot be answered with a blanket statement. There are multiple reasons why a diabetic may have a decreased LOC and the provision of glucose on speculation of hypoglycemia may actually cause harm in some clinical scenarios.



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