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From Waupun, Wisconsin, USA:

I have a patient who has brittle diabetes, and his physician ordered blood sugar checks at 7:00am 11:00am, noon 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. At noon his blood sugar was 45 mg/dl [2.5 mmol/L], and he was told to give 3 units of Regular insulin. However, five minutes later the doctor said he meant to give 2 units of Regular insulin. Is there a danger or problem with the patient receiving the 1 extra unit?


It's a relatively minor error. Extra insulin can always cause potential hypoglycemia, of course.


[Editor's comment: It also should be mentioned that the term brittle diabetes is no longer considered as useful. SS]

Original posting 30 Jan 2003
Posted to Insulin


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