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Diabetes for School Personnel

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Diabetes for School Personnel

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  • 1. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL
  • 2. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease that impairs the body’s ability to use food. Diabetes must be managed 24 hours a day in order to avoid the potentially life- threatening consequences of blood glucose(sugar) levels that are either too high(hyperglycemia) or too low(hypoglycemia)
  • 3. Frequent urination Excessive thirst Dry, hot skin Abdominal pain Chest pain Drowsiness, lethargy Increased hunger Weight loss Fatigue(tired) Slow, healing wounds Fruity, sweet or wine-like odor on breath Stupor, unconsciousness Seizure Death
  • 4.  Headache  Sweating  Pale, moist skin  Cold, clammy  Extreme/sudden hunger  Weakness, dizziness  Shakiness  Fatigue, tiredness  Rapid, pulse rate  Blurred, double vision  Shallow breathing  Confusion, inattention  Loss of coordination  Changed behavior or personality  Combative  Seizure/Death
  • 5.  Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is an EMERGENCY! A blood sugar level below 70 is an emergency.  Never leave a person with low blood sugar alone
  • 6.  Erratic behavior such as aggression, abnormal hostility or profanity, could indicate abnormal blood sugar levels.  Unusual complaints of thirst, needing to use the restroom, extreme drowsiness, all could indicate abnormal blood sugar levels.
  • 7.  DKA results from untreated high blood sugar  This is an emergency if symptoms occur  Symptoms to look for: nausea, vomiting, deep breathing, decreasing levels of consciousness, coma
  • 8.  Recognize that a change in the student’s behavior could be a symptom of blood sugar levels  Recognize signs/symptoms of high and low blood sugar  Communicate with the school nurse  Respect privacy and confidentiality

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