Signs or Symptoms of Abuse or Neglect
Significant Blood Sugar Fluctuations
Some patients in nursing homes are diabetics on sliding scale insulin administration. This means that their blood levels must be monitored regularly, and the insulin amounts are adjusted to control the patient’s blood sugar. If this is not done properly or timely, spikes in the patient’s blood sugar levels can cause brain damage or death.
High blood sugar fluctuation (hyperglycemia) can cause nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath, and is a pre-diabetic condition. Low blood sugar fluctuation (hypoglycemia) can cause confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, seizures, unconsciousness, or even death.
In addition, Covid patients are at higher risk for significant blood fluctuations in diabetics.
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