Hypoglycemia causes tremor, anxiety, sweats and cognitive impairment. Recurrent hypoglycemia may impair the individual's ability to sense subsequent hypoglycemia (CDA, Clayton, Woo, Yale, 2013). In severe cases it may be fatal, although inpatient hypoglycemia is usually nonfatal (Rubin & Golden, 2013). Patients and families can play an important role in reducing errors and harm to the patient by understanding the medications the patient is taking, what each medication is for and when it should be taken and the dosage.
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