Emergency admission

If you are admitted to hospital as an emergency, it will most likely be because you are quite unwell. If this is the case, the team looking after you may feel they need to manage your diabetes differently. They may feel that the safest way to control your blood glucose is to give you your insulin through a drip into a vein (intravenous insulin infusion). If you are unwell when you reach hospital or have ketones, they may do this immediately. You will then need regular blood tests and your glucose will need to be closely monitored.

Once your condition is stable and you are eating and drinking again, you can resume your usual routine insulin injections, but don’t forget that your doses might have altered if you have been unwell for a while.

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