EMS Care Chapter 20 | EMT Diabetic and endocrine emergencies
EMS Care Chapter 20 | EMT Diabetic and endocrine emergencies | Diabetic and endocrine emergencies Training begins with an introduction to the care of the subject. We subsequently explore in-depth the following lessons:
We cover the following core concepts
An Excerpt from the course on Diabetic and endocrine emergencies
Hyperglycemia doesn’t cause symptoms until glucose values are significantly elevated — usually above 180 to 200 milligrams per deciliter; or 10 to 11 millimoles per liter. Symptoms of hyperglycemia develop slowly over several days or weeks. The longer blood sugar levels stay high, the more serious the symptoms become. However, some people who’ve had type 2 diabetes for a long time may not show any symptoms despite elevated blood sugar levels.
Early signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia can help treat the condition promptly. These include: Frequent urination, Increased thirst, Blurred vision, Fatigue, and Headache.
If hyperglycemia goes untreated, it can cause toxic acids (ketones) to build up in your blood and urine (ketoacidosis). Later signs and symptoms of untreated type 2 diabetes may include:
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