[abstract] THE IMPORTANCE OF GLUCOMETER TESTING OF DIABETIC PATIENTS PRE AND POST DIVE

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[abstract] THE IMPORTANCE OF GLUCOMETER TESTING OF DIABETIC PATIENTS PRE AND POST DIVE

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Title: [abstract] THE IMPORTANCE OF GLUCOMETER TESTING OF DIABETIC PATIENTS PRE AND POST DIVE
Author: Springer, R
Abstract: At the Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Facility all insulin dependent diabetics receive routine glucometer testing pre and post dive. This policy was initiated when outpatients' physicians and inpatients' floor nurses noted a substantial drop in the patients' blood sugar levels following hyperbaric oxygen therapy. All patients were on a treatment protocol of 33/90. A drop was noted in every diabetic patient following every dive, beginning with the first. Patients who were compliant with diet and insulin administration had a consistently smaller difference in blood sugar levels. In a random selection of 25 patients who were insulin dependent diabetics an average drop of 51 mg/dl was noted post dive. Department policy and procedures call for notifying the physician when a patient's blood sugar level drops below 100 mg/dl either pre or post dive. Monitoring patients' blood sugar levels in this way gives the patients and their physicians a guide to improved insulin therapy. The post-dive hypoglycemia was believed to be due to the increase in the patient's metabolism during HBOT.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/6481
Date: 1991

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    This is a collection of the published abstracts from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) annual meetings.

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