- by bri2012 Jan 17Can someone explain to me why a sliding scale would be used?
- Jan 17 by GrnTeaWhy would you think? Did you look this up in your pharmacology or med/surg textbook?
See, we don't do homework here. If you have confusion about something, tell us what you know and what you already looked up, and tell us why you are confused. Don't come asking such a basic question without even giving evidence that you tried first.
- Jan 17 by bri2012Its actually not homework just something I am confused about and wanted someone to explain it to me in simpler terms than my book did...
- Jan 17 by GrnTeaWhat confused you? What do you know about blood sugar and insulin already?
- Jan 17 by Esme12We would love to help you but before we need to know where you are at....assess what confuses you. What do you think a sliding scale is for?
- Jan 17 by KelRN215Think about what a sliding scale is. Does it make sense to give the same amount of insulin when your patient's blood sugar is 600 mg/dL as you would if your patient's blood sugar was 200 mg/dL? If not, then wouldn't a sliding scale make sense? Most diabetics have a "goal" blood sugar range and they adjust their insulin doses to meet that goal.
- Jan 18 by bri2012Thanks guys I did some research and figured it out!
- Jan 18 by Esme12Good for you!!!! There are going to be many times something isn't going to make sense to you...a disease process that you have never heard of that you need to know about to care for your patient to the best of your ability....these are the skills that take a good nurse to being a great one.