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By Peter J. Watkins

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If there is any delay in obtaining intravenous access. Soluble insulin (20 units) can be given immediately intramuscularly. Insulin treatment Intravenous insulin: soluble insulin is diluted in 0·9% saline in a syringe, at the concentration of 1 unit/ml. It is given by infusion pump at 6 units/h (0·1 units/kg/h for children) until the blood glucose concentration is less than 10 mmol/l. Blood glucose should fall at a rate of about 5·0 mmol/l/h, and plasma ketones should fall at the same time. When the blood glucose is less than 10 mmol/l, the dose may be reduced to 3 units/h.

Additional doses of insulin (about 8 units) may also be given at noon or bedtime when control is very poor. It is preferable to make these adjustments with short acting (soluble) insulin if this is available. If vomiting continues without remission for more than a few hours, admission to hospital for treatment with intravenous fluids and insulin is advisable to prevent ketoacidosis. Assessment of blood or urine ketones during illness is helpful. Using the new blood ketone meters, readings of 1·0-3·0 mmol/l taken in conjunction with the blood glucose reading usually indicate the need for additional insulin; readings should be repeated within two to four hours.

The change in her behaviour is sudden and very noticeable. She slurs her words and appears drowsy. There is lots and lots of yawning. If she is still in the state of which she can walk, she will bump in to things and knock things over and be generally clumsy. She will hardly be aware of where she is or who she is talking to. She rambles” This is the problem which all insulin treated patients dread, and at some stage it affects up to one quarter of Type 1 diabetic patients. It occurs when patients do not experience the early warning symptoms and directly develop diminished cognitive function which prevents them from taking the required preventive action.

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