My grandmother was admited to the ICU in March of this year for a respitory problem. Her blood sugar was high so the nurse gave her 12U of regular insulin. She is a non-insulin dependent diabetic and does not take insulin at home. The last time she had insulin in the same hospital (one month prior) her sugar dropped to 17. We made her nurse aware of this. The insulin was given at 12am and the nurse never checked her sugar. At 4am when she found her unresponsive and in respitory distress the nurse called a code, still not checking her blood sugar. She was then intubated and still no one has done a finger stick. When the labs came up over one hour later her sugar was 14. With the lack of oxygen and glucose to her brain for so long, she had severe brain damage and died a week later.
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