Patient discussions

Sick-day management should be reviewed periodically with all patients. This should include:

  • When to contact the healthcare provider

  • Blood glucose goals and the use of supplemental short- or rapid-acting insulin during illness

  • Means to suppress fever and treat infection.

Patients should be advised to never discontinue insulin during illness and to seek professional advice early.

The patient/family member must be able to accurately measure and record blood glucose, insulin administration, temperature, respiratory rate, and pulses. The frequency of blood-glucose monitoring varies between patients depending upon individual clinical condition.

Further information is available from the American Diabetes Association. American Diabetes Association: Living with diabetes external link opens in a new window

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