Diabetic emergencies happen when a victim has dangerously low or high blood sugar levels. Although this type of emergency can happen to anyone, it is more common for victims with diabetes.
1 If a person with diabetes reports having low blood sugar, you may assist by providing them with sugars such as juices, sugar tablets or glucose gel which the victim may be prescribed.
2 Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink if they are unable to swallow or have slow responsiveness. Call 9-1-1 to activate EMS.
Symptoms of a diabetic emergency include:
- Altered behavior
- Difficulty speaking or walking
- Slow responsiveness
Disclaimer: The Emergency Guide is provided as a reference only. Every effort has been taken to acquire and publish accurate information provided by medical authorities. In case of emergency, always call or have someone CALL 9-1-1.