RE: [IP] Re: Surgery
> Sounds more like for the anesthesiologist benefit than the patients.
That depends entirely on how "exciting" things get. I certainly would
not want to be on the operating table and have my blood pressure fall
in the toilet and have a low at the same time. It would seem prudent to
make sure that bg's are normal + a margin of error when underg general
anesthesia. People are human and make mistakes. Personally I would
prefer that my "caretaker" under the situation have the largest
possible margin of error. The surgeon is just the mechanic fixing
whatever is broken. The anesthesiologist is the person responsible for
making sure you wake up when the surgery is over.
> John S Wilkinson,
> Rome, New York
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> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:58 PM
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> Subject: Re: [IP] Re: Surgery
> > In a message dated 7/11/2006 4:32:16 PM Central America Standard Tim,
> > email @ redacted writes:
> > What is the reasoning for the basal being cut in half? If the basal
> > is set properly the BG won't raise or fall for a long time. On
> > injections the insulin was cut in half because no food was consumed
> > That would cause you Bg's to drop low.
> > John S Wilkinson,
> > Rome, New York
> > I wonder if the doctor suggested lowering the basal... For some
> > reason, my family doctor believes that bg's go low during a surgery,
> > but mine actually go higher, so that I actually have to INCREASE my
> > basal rate, and for days afterward.
> I have a friend that is an anesthesiologist. We've discussed T1's and
> surgery at some length. His preference is to have bg's around 200 so
> that if something 'bad' happens that requires extraordinary effort on
> his part, that is one less thing to worry about. He won't have his
> patient go low due to shock or whatever... while he's trying to keep
> them stable. He's fine with the pump being on, he just wants some margin
> for error if there is a problem. If the surgery is long and bg's rise,
> he will give insulin as required.
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