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Re: [IP] paramedics and lows



Someone correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to me that IV glucose would
be preferred over glucagon, IF AVAILABLE (via paramedics, nurse or doc
etc.), in ALL diabetic patents, pumpers and injection users.

The IV is sugar fed directly into the blood, the other, glucagon, is a
hormone causing a reaction.
I should think the glucose would be quicker, more reliable and cause less
stress.

Glucagon is great stuff, I have had it more than a few times. It's wonderful
that the folks at home can save you without calling 911.

But given the choice (the paramedics are already there) I'd go with the
sugar water directly in the arm and leave the liver out of it-James
----- Original Message -----
From: "Handsfield, James H." <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2001 12:31 PM
Subject: RE: [IP] paramedics and lows


> catherine popper [mailto:email @ redacted] wrote:
>
> > I don't understand. Is this true? Or was it a monkey
> > wrench in your experience with the paramedics?
>
> *IF* a pumper is keeping very tight control and *IF* they are also on a
very
> low carbohydrate diet, then there may be very little glycogen stored in
the
> liver, in which case glucagon will not be very effective.  But most of us
> who eat a pretty balanced diet have plenty of glycogen stored.  I think
the
> paramedics (and supervisors?) are misinformed.
>
> Jim Handsfield
> email @ redacted OR
> email @ redacted
>
> The opinions expressed are mine and may not represent those of my wife who
> runs our house and makes more important decisions than I do.
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