When to give insulin? - page 3

When it comes to diabetics and giving insulin, I have seen a few methods out there: -give the insulin only at meal times or at least have snack and juice in front of the patient. -give the... Read More

  1. by   ElenG
    Hi AllynaBerry, thank you for your input. The insulin is truly one of the most misunderstood meds. I am now still in school and they teach us to administer rapid-acting insulin strictly before meal (5-15min). However, when I am at clinical I see the real nursing - administering insulin after meal. I personally think to administer after will be safer to avoid hypoglycemic risk in case pt will not eat much or anything. But I have a concern and would like to ask you - How safe it is to give insulin right after meal? How dangerous hyperglycemia for a short period of time? Thank you! You response is very valuable for me!
  2. by   Blackcat99
    Most nursing homes I have worked at, the policy is to do blood sugars around 5am and start giving insulin from 5:15am to 6:00am. All insulins are given at that time. It doesn't matter if it is long acting or short acting. The problem is that they don't start passing out trays until 7:30am. The day shift gets very angry and upset with night shift if they(day shift) have to do any blood sugars or insulin.
  3. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I've worked in 14 different nursing homes. I have never seen insulin given between 5:15 am and 6am. Most places start giving it after report and count so the breakfasts are given between 7:30 and 8:30.

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