In November 2017 the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation (ANZCOR) issued a revised guideline (ANZCOR Guideline 9.2.9) on First aid management of a diabetic emergency.
The guideline applies to adult and child victims and is for bystanders, first aiders and first aid providers.
ANZCOR has made the following recommendations:
- When available, and trained to do so, use a blood glucometer to check the victim’s blood glucose level.
- When available, glucose tablets are preferred over other sugars for the first aid management of suspected hypoglycaemia in conscious victims.
- When available, and trained to do so, use GlucaGen ® HypoKit ® glucagon injection to manage suspected hypoglycaemia in an unconscious or seizing victim.
If unsure of the blood glucose, manage the victim as having suspected hypoglycaemia.