We had a full house for our lecture this week. The presentation was both informative and interesting. I thought I’d share 3 points, which you may find very useful:
- If your patient faints, give them water to increase vascular volume, not a glucose drink! Adding anything to the water will delay its absorption and your patient is more likely to faint again!
- If your diabetic patient hasn’t eaten, give them a carbohydrate (e.g. a biscuit or bread) rather than a glucose drink.
- For patients with an internal defibrillator, avoid ultrasonics and electrosurgery. This interferes with the internal circulatories so the damage may not be immediately noticeable.