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Mini-dose glucagon

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What is Glucagon?

Glucagon is a hormone that increases the level of glucose in the blood. It allows stored sugar from the liver (glycogen) to be converted to glucose and then released into the blood stream. Glucagon is used to treat severe hypoglycaemia. However, very small doses of glucagon (mini-dose glucagon) given with an insulin syringe, can also be used to treat or prevent mild-moderate hypoglycaemia.

Mini-dose glucagon can be administered for the treatment of persistent mild hypoglycaemia or to prevent the blood glucose levels falling too low. It can be used when children are unwell with nausea and/or vomiting, or unable to eat.

When mini-dose glucagon might be used:

The dose of glucagon advised will depend on your child's age. 

For example with a 3 year old, the likely prescribed dose will be 3 units.

How to use mini-dose glucagon:

Mini-dose glucagon should only be given on the specific advice of a diabetes doctor. You will need the following:

To make up and administer mini-dose glucagon:

You can read a transcript of this video here.

After giving mini-dose glucagon:

Mini dose glucagon chart

Think you've got it sorted now?

If you have read through the information above and watched the video, and you feel confident that you understand this topic and know how and when to administer mini dose glucagon, print off and fill in the evaluation form below (you might need to ask someone to print this off for you) and return to the nurse on your ward. If you have any questions, note them down on this form and your diabetes nurse specialist will discuss them with you.

Mini-dose glucagon: Evaluation

Click on the image below for a printable version of this document

Mini dose glucagon evaluation

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