How to treat hypoglycaemia If someone has suspected hypoglycaemia and is awake and alert, that person should raise their blood sugar by drinking a sweet drink that contains sugar, not artificial sweetener as this will not work. As well, he or she should eat a longer lasting carbohydrate such as bread or pasta as well, to maintain the blood sugar level for a longer period of time. If there’s any doubt that the person is improving rapidly, or if you’re not sure of why the episode occurred, you should seek medical help immediately. Ensure that your diabetes and blood glucose levels are well controlled. This involves using your blood glucose meter or monitor to record what your blood sugars are doing, and discussing your diabetes treatment with your doctor with these results, in order to avoid episodes of erratic sugar levels in the first case. The most immediate concern when it comes to grand mal epileptic seizures is to prevent traumatic injury and/or choking.
The dog is trained to block that person and redirect them to safer pathways. Medical alert dogs are trained to react in many different situations. If you are able to get assistance yourself or dial a phone, the dog can bring the phone to you or help you find the assistance you need. Any dog of any breed can be trained to be a medical alert dog if they have the right personality and temperament. The main factor in choosing the type of dog you want is the type of help you will need. People who are at risk of falling or having seizures may require larger dogs that can brace them or help them sit or lay down gently. Symptoms of poisoning include burning in your dog’s mouth, eyes, nose, stomach and skin.
If someone is becoming drowsy and losing consciousness, then basic first aid applies and you should call the ambulance. Always seek the advice of your doctor to figure out why the episode happened, and to see if it can be prevented in future, and medic alert bracelets should be considered also. Being at risk of having a grand mal seizure while unattended is extremely dangerous because of the potential for catastrophic injury and/or choking. When this risk is identified or should be identified, the nurses owe a duty to know whenever there is an onset of a seizure and be in attendance during the clonic (wild uncontrolled movements and clamping of the jaw) and post ichtal phases. On the other hand, in some cases, the nurse may have a defensible argument, but then the burden of proof shifts to the defense to show either that there were no discoverable risk factors or that the injury occurred despite the fact that everything possible was done and the nurse was unable to prevent it.
People with diabetes, hypoglycemia, seizures, and other medical conditions are finding that their dogs are sometimes the most help they have. Psychiatric assistance dogs are not often categorized with medical response and alert dogs, although they go through much of the same training and can perform many of the same tasks. If you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, you know how quickly your blood sugar levels can drop. Apart from the obvious, which is getting into problems with the symptoms of hypoglycaemia, and possibly fainting, there is something else that repeated episodes does to the body which I describe on my blood glucose levels page on my website in more detail. In conclusion, be familiar with both what causes hypoglycaemia, and also what to do in this situation.