I recently graduated with my BSN. What I learned in school was that when a person is unconscious due to hypoglycemia you do not give anything by mouth, you either give them glucagon or an amp of d50. When studying for the nclex, I heard on the Feuer review that if there was no glucagon and the patient as unconscious not in a hospital setting you could apply a sugary drink to there buccal mucosa. I never learned that and the first thought that comes to mind would be a risk for asspiration. But, if you we're to apply a thin coat just enough to be absorbed would that be ok.
also, plain ol sugar,
yes, right out of the sugar bowl, in granular form,
can be applied, and absorbed buccally. I use that to treat hiccups all the time.
This really helps with those post-op hiccups that so many people get after surgery. Sure, if it's severe hiccups, there's drugs one can get ordered, too, but, plain ol sugar ---------under their tongue---------works great for post-op hiccups. Takes about 10 minutes.
Oddly enough, putting spoonful of sugar, also helps with people who have food lodged in their esophagus, too. (not stuck in their airway, of course, but, have swallowed something that is now kinda stuck in their throat, often, this is beef).
A spoonful or two of granular sugar sublingually (or sugar gel, or D50 IV) will help that esophagus open up, and wa-la! food drops down the rest of the way down their esophagus.
This also takes about 10 minutes.
sorry for derail.
Last edit by somenurse on Jan 15, '13