Hypoglycaemia in a diabetic patient
The possibility of hypoglycaemia should be considered with every unconscious diabetic patient, especially with type I diabetics. To avoid hypoglycaemic attacks the insulin dosing should be checked every time the patient has symptoms of hypoglycaemia low plasma blood sugar levels (< 4 mmol/l) in home tests. Low values at night are particularly dangerous. Treatment of the elderly patients with sulfonylureas should be undertaken with great care.