1. Can someone explain to me why a sliding scale would be used?
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  3. by   nurseprnRN
    Why 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.
  4. by   bri2012
    Its actually not homework just something I am confused about and wanted someone to explain it to me in simpler terms than my book did...
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    What confused you? What do you know about blood sugar and insulin already?
  6. by   Esme12
    We 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?
  7. by   KelRN215
    Think 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.
  8. by   bri2012
    Thanks guys I did some research and figured it out!
  9. by   Esme12
    Good 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.

    Well done!