People suffering from diabetes need to
control their blood sugar levels by balancing the amount of sugar in their diet
with insulin injections. As a result, many carry hypodermic needles, insulin
bottles, medication, card or identity bracelet with them, indicating that they
If a person with diabetes on treatment
has missed a meal or taken too much exercise, the concentration of sugar in the
blood falls, and unconsciousness can follow. The aim of first aid in this
situation is to restore the sugar/insulin balance as soon as possible.
If the casualty is conscious and
capable of swallowing, immediately give sugar lumps, a sugary drink, chocolate
or other sweet food in order to raise the level of sugar in the blood.
If the casualty is unconscious but
breathing normally, place in the recovery position, and carry out
general treatment for unconsciousness
Remove to hospital immediately
N.B. IF VICTIM IS UNCONSCIOUS DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING BY MOUTH.