EMS Care Chapter 20 | Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status
EMS Care Chapter 20 | Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status | Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status Training begins with an introduction to the care of the subject. We subsequently explore in-depth the following lessons:
Lesson 1: Pathophysiology
Lesson 2: Assessing the Patient with Altered Mental Status (AMS)
Lesson 3: Diabetes
Lesson 4: Other Causes of (AMS) | Sepsis | Seizures | Stroke | TIA | Dizziness & Syncope
Caring for the patient with Diabetes and AMS | Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status Training
We cover the following core concepts
An Excerpt from the course on Diabetic Emergencies and Altered Mental Status
So, the common literature generally cites 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 is shown on this slide and Type 2 discussed on the next slide. But there are other types of diabetes as well.
Another likely type of diabetes you may encounter is Gestational diabetes. This develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born. Two Less common types of diabetes include monogenic diabetes, which is an inherited form of diabetes, and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.
In reference to this slide, type 1 Diabetes is when the Pancreatic cells do not function properly and as a result, Insulin is not secreted normally. Consequently, not enough insulin is available to transfer circulating glucose into the cells. Doctors then typically prescribe Synthetic insulin, to supplement the inadequate amount of natural insulin.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults.
Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle to prevent complications.
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