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If a low blood glucose is not treated, or not recognised the blood glucose may fall further, and result in the person becoming unconscious and have a fit / seizure / convulsion.
A severe hypo (when the child is unconscious or fitting), must be treated immediately with an injection of Glucagon using the Glucagen HypoKit.
Glucagon is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. It raises the blood glucose levels by stimulating the release of the stored glucose from the liver.
Glucagon is a drug prescribed for an individual patient and must only be given to the named individual.
Management of severe hypo:
Figure 1: Recovery Position
The Glucagen HypoKit should be stored in the fridge. Most families opt to take the Glucagen Hypokit with them if going on holiday. Once out of the fridge it will last at room temperature for 18 months (or until expiry on kit if this is sooner).
It is advised that you also have a hypo box made up for easy access. This hypo pack should include the following:
If you should have to use the Glucagen Hypokit ensure used equipment is disposed of appropriately.
Please let your Diabetes team know if you have had to use the Glucagen Hypokit as we need to keep a record of severe episodes of hypoglycaemia, and would like to discuss how we can prevent it happening again.